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Fernando Torres expects to stay at Chelsea for at least another three years as he targets more trophies with the Blues.

Last Updated: 24/04/13 at 19:38 Post Comment   

Torres: Hoping to stay at least another three more years

Torres: Hoping to stay at least another three more years

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres expects to stay at Stamford Bridge for at least another three years as he bids to win more trophies.

The 29-year-old Spain striker has struggled to reach the heights he scaled at Liverpool prior to his £50million move to the Blues in January 2011.

Torres netted 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool, but his confidence spiralled in a comparatively barren start to his Chelsea career, which has regularly seen suggestions Roman Abramovich is running out of patience with his biggest on-field investment and is prepared to cut his losses.

Yet the World Cup winner appears to be enjoying the Europa League, netting four times in the last three matches to help Chelsea to Thursday's semi-final first leg at Basle, and he envisages a long and successful spell in west London alongside the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, David Luiz and Oscar.

"I have many things still to give to this club," Torres said.

"I have three more years contract so I'm expecting to stay at least three years.

"We won the Champions League last season. Hopefully we can win the Europa League this one. It is our priority as well as finishing in the top four.

"We want to go back to the Champions League next season and keep winning trophies.

"I think we have a great squad and a young squad to build on.

"We are sure that we are a great team and we want to show everyone. I would like to be involved."

Torres is also thriving again - albeit in fits and starts - under Rafael Benitez, the man who took him from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool and now Chelsea's interim boss.

His compatriot's arrival coincided with seven goals in six games, but then Torres managed just one goal - against League One Brentford - prior to his strike against Steaua in the Europa League last 16.

"All of the team is enjoying this competition," said Torres, who has scored 12 of his 19 goals this season since Benitez's arrival.

"To be out of the Champions League was a very disappointing time for us but we changed our minds and started thinking about the Europa League.

"It is one of the most important targets for us this season.

"We are showing everyone who were talking about Chelsea not caring about the Europa League this it is not true.

"We are already in the semi-finals and we want to go through.

"The team is doing a really good performance so it is easy for the striker to score goals when the team is doing well."

Torres ploughs a lone furrow up front in the Europa League as Demba Ba, Benitez's only other strike option, is ineligible having represented Newcastle earlier in the season.

The burden appeared to be weighing heavily on Torres, until his goal and broken nose in the second leg against Steaua.

It is an injury which has seen him subsequently play with a protective face mask.

Many have pointed to the mask as key to Torres' form and he could continue in it until the end of the campaign depending on the results of a scan next week.

"It's getting better, but next week we will go with the doctors to get another scan to see if we can play without the mask," he said.

"It's not comfortable at all and it depends on the results (of the scan).

"Maybe (I will wear it) until the end of the season because there is not many games to come."

Benitez was recruited, in part at least, to rejuvenate Torres.

He appears to have been successful to an extent and attributes the improved displays to a training programme of strength and finishing drills similar to the one utilised at Liverpool.

Chelsea are portrayed as a dysfunctional hiring-and-firing unit, yet last season still won the European Cup when Roberto Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas Boas in March.

Benitez, who was appointed in November after Di Matteo's side exited the Champions League, now has the chance to finish the season on a high and Torres is optimistic.

"It's never easy to change the manager in the middle of the season," Torres said.

"It happened to us last year and we won the Champions League.

"It happened this season again with Robbie and when Rafa came.

"We know each other from our time in Liverpool. It was a great time for everyone, but the situation at Chelsea is different.

"It is another club, different players, different mentality.

"It has not been an easy season for anyone, but I think we have improved as a team and we are all focused on the same targets.

"We still have one trophy to fight for and to finish in the top four so let's talk after the season about whether it has been good or bad."


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