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Fernando Torres: I am staying at Chelsea

Torres has scored four goals in his last three Europa League appearances (©GettyImages)
Torres has scored four goals in his last three Europa League appearances (©GettyImages).

Chelsea's erratic striker Fernando Torres has denied that he expects to leave the Blues at the end of the season, whilst asserting that he remains focused on his task for the remainder of this campaign.

The Spaniard said that is keen on seeing out his five-and-a-half-year contract, which he signed in January 2011, despite the club being strongly linked with Atletico Madrid forward Ramadel Falcao, according to the Daily Mail.

"I'm expecting to stay actually, I always say the same." the 29-year-old commented. "I have many things still to give to this club."

Torres has netted 37 goals in three seasons at Stamford Bridge, compared to 81 goals for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, yet he now has his sights set on winning another major European trophy, following last season's Champions League triumph.

"We won the Champions League last season," the Spaniard added. "Hopefully we can win the Europa League this one. It is our priority as well as finishing in the top four."

Chelsea are set to face FC Basel in tonight's Europa League semi-final first leg, after Torres scored three times in their 5-4 aggregate defeat of Rubin Kazan, with the player relishing his new challenge.

"All of the team is enjoying this competition," he commented. "To be out of the Champions League was a very disappointing time for us but we changed our minds and started thinking about the Europa League."

The striker is expected to start the game in Switzerland - with Demba Ba cup-tied following his appearances for Newcastle United earlier in the campaign - alongside John Terry and Frank Lampard, who were on the bench for Sunday's draw at Anfield.  

Meanwhile, Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, the man who took Torres from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool during his time on Merseyside, is apparently keen to conclude his short spell in west London by winning a cup.

"It is one of the most important targets for us this season." Torres claimed. "We are showing everyone who were talking about Chelsea not caring about the Europa League this is not true. We are already in the semi-finals and we want to go through."

 

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