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Mar 11, 2011

Torres: Chelsea more fun

Fernando Torres says he is enjoying a more friendly dressing room atmosphere since swapping Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50 million move on transfer deadline day.

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Rafa surprised Reds found him distant

Though Torres is yet to score for his new club, with Carlo Ancelotti still attempting to find the right blend in an attack that also boasts Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba, the Spain striker appears content he made the correct decision.

Rafa Benitez was notoriously aloof from his Liverpool squad during his time at the club, and Torres says Ancelotti has created a more congenial working environment.

"Chelsea have proved they have top-level players in all departments and that they will always be competitive whatever happens, with an owner who will invest when it is necessary," Torres told Marca.

"There are more personal relationships and jokes between the players than there were at Liverpool. Everything was much more serious there. Here, you don't have to prove you are a professional - it is assumed."

Torres has once again explained that boardroom upheaval at Anfield - the transition from the era of Tom Hicks and George Gillett to that of NESV and FSG - convinced him to move on from Liverpool in January.

Describing the situation as "chaos", Torres says he felt he needed to join a club capable of challenging for major trophies immediately.

"I knew I was an idol for the fans but it wasn't the same anymore," Torres said. "The institution was in chaos with the sale. There was all this talk of possible projects.

"In many ways it reminded me of [former club] Atletico Madrid ... a great history, many ideas but without money. It needed time. I don't have that. People aren't honest in the world of football. You can't say the truth or be clear with people. It's a business and nobody is anyone's friend."

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