As far as big football players are concerned, football is not just a game but a real business. And as a real business, every ambitious player wants to make profit.
No wonder Fernando Torres and Carlo Ancelotti have been further discussing the forward’s switch from Anfield to Stamford Bridge.
A few hours after the forward was signed by the Stamford Bridge giants, the pair spent more than an hour with journalists from around the world discussing the move and the aims and expectations from either side. They went into further depth as Torres explains Chelsea’s appeal.
‘When you have a chance to win the Champions League and play with a team that can win the Premier League and you are at the right age to do that then you can’t say no,’ he said.
‘I am happy to be here because I want to be involved in the plans, building a great team, competing with the best teams in Europe. I like the challenge.
‘Most of my Spanish team-mates have all the trophies and this is the ambition as a footballer. I am not jealous, I am happy for them, and I know what they felt when they won, but I would like when I am 40 or 45 to have pictures of me as a champion. I was really lucky to be involved in the Spanish team winning the European Cup and the World Cup, but as a club I would like to win some trophies.’
It may be surprising to know that Torres, at 26, is still awaiting his first club trophy despite more than 300 games at the top level in Spain and England.
His arrival, it is hoped, will spark our search for silverware this season. By adding a striker to his unit, Ancelotti believes there is an alternative system his side can now utilise.
‘Fernando has the ability to play alone in front or with another player,’ explained the manager. ‘To play with another player you have to find the right combination, but he doesn’t have a problem and Drogba doesn’t have a problem to play with him.
‘Last year we played with Drogba and Anelka, people were surprised they could play together, we had just one striker with two in the hole. There will be a little change and I think we will be able to manage this without a problem.’
Ancelotti has still not made up his mind on whether Torres will start in the game between Chelsea and Liverpool this Sunday, purely because of match sharpness.
‘He only trained two or three times this week, he doesn’t have a problem to play against Liverpool, he has the knowledge and experience to manage this kind of game. The only reason for me is just three days he trained with his team-mates, just this.’
The striker has said he will not celebrate should he score on his debut against his former side, and there is one celebration in particular nobody should expect from El Nino.
‘I never kissed the Liverpool badge,’ he said. ‘I did it when I was in Atletico. I loved Atletico, my former club.
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