Torres to fight for Chelsea place

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Chelsea forward Fernando Torres will fight for his place after Blues owner Roman Abramovich convinced him to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Torres had been ready to quit the west London club, after he became disillusioned with the way he was being treated.

The Spaniard's outburst after the Champions League final threatened to overshadow the greatest night in the club's history, but Torres has since made peace with the Blues hierarchy, and is prepared to knuckle down next season.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Torres said: "I had a conversation with [Abramovich] and he trusts me. His confidence is total and that is what I needed to keep fighting."

The former-Atletico frontman made his £50million switch to Chelsea from Liverpool last January, but has struggled to settle in the capital, scoring 12 goals in 67 appearances for the Blues.

But the departure of Didier Drogba - who Torres struggled to dislodge from the starting 11 - could give the Spaniard the opportunity he needs to make a success of his career at Chelsea.

The Blues have begun the summer by investing heavily in the playing staff, bringing in German international Marko Marin and Ligue 1 star Eden Hazard, as they look to build on their European success.

Before Torres gets a chance to link up with his new teammates, he will be taking part in Euro 2012 for defending champions Spain, and is hopeful of having a good tournament in Ukraine and Poland.

"Vicente [Del Bosque] has faith in me and now I need to show him I am ready to play whenever he thinks it necessary," said Torres.

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