Spain marksman David Villa has backed his international team mate Fernando Torres to join Chelsea.
Speculation is rife that Torres could be tempted away from Anfield, with both Manchester City and Chelsea linked with the 26-year-old. However, Villa - speaking after Spain's historic World Cup final victory - believes that his strike partner is more interested in success than money; ruling out a move to City.
"I am not sure where his future lies – but he knows like me he must win trophies at club level," commented Villa.
"He isn’t money-focused so he would never join Manchester City."
Villa instead suggested that Torres would be much more keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, or a transfer to Barcelona - who secured the signature of Villa prior to the World Cup.
"But sure, Barcelona and Chelsea would be real options for him," he added.
"He has proven he can score goals in England and Chelsea are the number one team there at the moment, so I suppose it’s the option that makes the most sense
"He has been fully focused on the World Cup but in the back of his mind he knows he needs to be competing for the very highest honours and if Liverpool can’t do it he will have to move."
However, any potential transfer could be scuppered by injury after Torres was stretchered off in the closing moments of Spain's dramatic defeat of Holland.
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