Fernando Torres didn’t expect to make Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, but the striker could be forgiven if he felt a little dejected this morning.
The 32-year-old wasn’t named in Vicente del Bosque’s provisional squad for this summer’s European Championships in France, despite his eye-catching recent form.
Torres’ acrobatic effort against Celta Vigo on Saturday was his seventh goal in his last 11 appearances and it could be argued that he’s playing at his best level since leaving Liverpool back in January 2011.
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Torres would never have imagined that his spell at Chelsea would be so difficult following his record-breaking £50 million transfer from Anfield.
Although he walked away from Stamford Bridge with winners’ medals for the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League, there’s no question that Torres was a huge disappointment.
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In 110 Premier League appearances for the Blues, he scored a pitiful 20 goals and often looked a shadow of his former self.
If anything, Torres was even worse during his loan spell with AC Milan - a dismal one goal in 10 matches - so it’s a mystery why the Italian club decided to sign him on a permanent contract.
The much-maligned Spaniard, however, has rediscovered his form and confidence back at his spiritual home, the Vicente Calderon, working under his former teammate Diego Simeone.
Torres asked 'Do you regret joining Chelsea?'
And in an interview with ShortList magazine this week, Torres admits he just wants to focus on the positives, rather than talk about the difficult moments of his career.
“You ultimately won the Champions League with Chelsea but do you regret moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in hindsight?” Torres was asked.
He responded: “I am so happy and playing with such confidence right now, that I am not willing to relive any bad moments at all.”
Torres: I miss the city of Liverpool
While Torres wasn’t keen to talk about Chelsea, he was happier to talk about Liverpool - the club where he scored an impressive 81 goals in 142 appearances.
In fact, the striker admitted Liverpool is the one thing he misses about England.
“Liverpool was a special city that took to me, I will always remember how special that place was,” he continued. “I obviously don’t miss the rain.”
And on the current Liverpool team, Torres added: “I have been very impressed with some of the football they have been playing this season. Liverpool Football Club belongs in the Champions League, and I hope that is where they are very soon.”
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