Fernando Torres: I need Chelsea to explain my future role to me
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres admits he wants to seek assurances from the club over his role at Stamford Bridge
Fernando Torres has revealed he will seek to hold showdown talks with Chelsea’s owners over his role at the Stamford Bridge club.
The Spain striker came off the bench late on in Saturday’s Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich and was an unused substitute in the Blues’ FA Cup final win over Liverpool earlier in the month.
And the £50m forward said he “expected” to start the final in Munich and claimed the role he has had at Chelsea this season is “not for me”.
“It’s contradictory because I feel like I’m at a peak moment in my career, with more desire and hunger than I’ve felt in a long time but I’ve had to spend the final on the bench,” Torres told Spanish journalist Guillem Balague in an interview with as.com
“It was a huge disappointment when I saw the line-up, perhaps the biggest in my life.
“This season I have felt things that I never had before. I’ve felt like they [Chelsea] treated me in a way that I didn’t expect, not in the way that was spoken of when they signed me.
“We’ve had a lot of talks and we’ll talk about my future because the role I’ve had this season is not for me, nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here. I’m not comfortable.
“I want them to tell me what is going to happen in the future. Football has been fair on us, on me. Now I do feel like football is worth it but I’ve been through a difficult time. The worst in my career. I don’t want that again.”
The former Liverpool forward admits he felt “lost” at times during a turbulent season for the Spaniard in which he has failed to hold down a regular starting spot.
“There have been many times when I’ve felt lost, I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged.
“I’m eternally grateful to my family, who have been by my side, and also for the support of the owners, who have stuck by me, and especially to the fans – if it hadn’t been for them this season I would have given up.
“I need the club to tell me what is going to happen and what sort of role I will have within the team, what my duties are, what the club expects of me – and then judge whether it is worth it.”