Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has put aside his frustration at not starting in the club’s UEFA Champions League final triumph six days ago and is now determined to become an irreplaceable asset for the team.
Torres was reportedly seeking showdown talks with the club less than 24 hours after the glorious night in Munich but assurances were sent his way by the management and departing striker Didier Drogba.
Drogba even went as far as identifying Torres as the driving force behind the Blues’ attack in the future and Torres realizes that it is now up to him to prove his true worth despite enduring 17 shaky months at Stamford Bridge.
“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 roller-coaster,” Torres admitted.
He added: “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.”
While Torres may have a secure future at the club, it is not yet certain whether highly successful interim boss Roberto Di Matteo will be allowed to manage the club on a permanent basis going forward.
Torres has backed Di Matteo to claim the role, explaining that he shares a strong relationship with the Italian.
“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,” Torres stated.
“He helped me at a critical time and I am very grateful to him. He has proved he knew what he was doing,” the Spaniard concluded.