Torres admits he used Man City as stepping stone for Barca transfer

Jason Soutar
Ferran Torres celebrates a goal

Barcelona winger Ferran Torres has revealed he joined Manchester City with the long-term ambition of joining “one of the greats in Spain”.

Torres recently switched England for Spain for a fee believed to be in the region of £46.7million – potentially rising to £55m.

He spent 18 months at City following his move from Valencia for £20m and emerged as a solid goalscoring option for Pep Guardiola.

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Following the Premier League champion’s failure to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham last summer, Guardiola utilised Torres a centre-forward before he picked up an injury in October.

His last appearance for the Citizens came in a 6-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

After his move to Barcelona was confirmed, Torres wrote a heartfelt message to the Man City fans, but his recent comments are unlikely to go down well with the club’s fanbase.

“I’ve always said it, it was very clear to me. I went to City to return to one of the greats in Spain,” the 21-year-old said at his unveiling (quotes via Manchester Evening News).

“I was prepared to assume this responsibility. I want to return Barca to the place where it deserves.”

The Spain international also spoke of his pride at becoming a Barcelona player, as well as discussing his favoured position and relationship with Guardiola.

“I’ve been playing as a forward for City, although where I feel most comfortable is on the right-wing,” he added.

“As long as I play, I don’t care about the position. Barca is one of the best teams in the world, there will always be competition and that makes us all better. I hope to do my best to bring joy to the fans.

“I have learned a lot [from Guardiola]. He is one of the best coaches in the world. I have learned with him to play as a forward. I have very nice memories of my time at City, things I’ve learned. He advised me to face this challenge with great enthusiasm.

“They [his final conversation with Guardiola] are internal things that remain between him and me. The most important thing is that I am a Barca player, which is what I was most excited about.”