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May 24, 2012

Torres boosted by Blues talks

Fernando Torres has stressed that he has no desire to leave Chelsea after holding talks with the club.

• Chelsea give Torres assurances
• Torres seeks talks over future
• Torres shocked at omission

Torres, a £50 million signing from Liverpool in January 2011, has endured a difficult time at Stamford Bridge and, though he enjoyed an upturn in form following the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo, he was not named in the starting line-up for the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League.

He gave an interview following the victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday saying he was unhappy with his lack of opportunities and would seek talks over his future at the club, but he has now had the assurances he needed.

"My goal was to talk to them at the end of the season," he said on his personal website. "I needed to know what plans they had for me. We've talked and now I have no doubt what they expect of Fernando Torres. I just want to start next season already."

He added: "At Chelsea, I am very happy and I never said the opposite. I still have a lot to do in this club. It has been a difficult year - I didn't play much and my mind was like a rollercoaster. I believe that I deserved to play more. I felt very bad and I would not like to feel that way again but I have never surrendered and I never will.

"When Chelsea signed me they did it with great expectations, and the confidence of the owner and the fans has been unconditional, but my role in the team has not followed that line. I look at myself and think I have not known how to be essential for the coaches I've had and this is another goal to accomplish - which I will, at all costs."

Torres said he has a good relationship with Di Matteo - that it is "honest and clear" - and added: "We talk to each other a lot, but I hope to convince him that I can be the player he expects - someone indispensible, not just anyone.

"I will keep working hard and, as ever, respecting his decisions. He helped me at a critical time and I am very grateful to him. He has proved he knew what he was doing."

Torres had said after the Champions League final that Chelsea had played "like we had the handbrake on" and that they had "needed to attack", but he has now backed Di Matteo's defensive approach.

"We learned to adapt to the stage and the opponent, to appreciate their strengths and weaknesses and our limitations," he said. "We were able to apply the best tactics and the best attitude to win every time. No one can say that we did wrong.

"The strategy of the team has been to win and get through to the next round. The results say that sacrificing our offensive potential to focus on our defence potential has been the right decision after studying and analysing each opponent. There are moments when we can take the pace of the game while in others we can't."

The departure of Didier Drogba is likely to allow Torres more opportunities, but the Spaniard feels the duo could have formed a partnership. "I want to play with the best and he is one of the best," he said. "I do not understand why it has to be one or the other and not both."

Torres described his 24-match goal drought this season a "mental block" and said studying videos, as well as the advice of Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland, helped him to overcome his troubles.

"Luckily it is part of the past. Now all I have in mind is to fulfil dreams. I fulfilled a dream [by winning the Champions League] and I'd say it's a very happy moment but I demand more. The best is yet to come. Now we have to keep dreaming."

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