Fernando Torres has urged Chelsea fans to forget about the disappointing start he endured to his Stamford Bridge career, claiming he should no longer be considered a £50million flop, reports the London Evening Standard.
The 29-year-old striker scored 22 goals in all competitions last season, which was his highest return in a single campaign since his big-money move from Liverpool in January 2011.
Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea raised some questions about Torres's long-term future in west London, but he will report for pre-season training as normal next month, and plans to hold talks with the former Real Madrid manager.
In the meantime, Torres is maintaining his impressive end of season form on Confederations Cup duty with Spain, netting five goals in his last two matches for the current world and European champions.
And, looking ahead to the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, the former Atletico Madrid hit-man says the time has come to stop criticising his early performances, because he is now back to his best.
"In the end I think it is people who remember my first year at Chelsea, which was not good, rather than the current situation," Torres said.
"I am happy with how I'm playing even though I am very demanding. Things are getting back to normal for me.
"I feel great, physically good, despite the season being a long one. I feel very comfortable, strong and quick."