Fernando Torres’ time at Chelsea was… erm… a nightmare.
The Spaniard joined the Blues from Liverpool in a January 2011 deadline day deal worth around £50m after establishing himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League. On paper the move looked good, Torres was a top star, Liverpool were struggling and Chelsea could offer him a new level of competition.
However, the switch proved to be a disaster, with ‘El Nino’ barely ever finding the net before being shipped off on loan to AC Milan for a two-year spell, effectively seeing out his Chelsea contract. Then the Italians axed him, exercising a deal to buy him before loaning to Atletico Madrid – his boyhood club – in another bizarre twist.
So how does Torres describe his spell at Stamford Bridge? Awful? Regretful? Not quite, he explained it as “like swimming with wet clothes on”… okay then, Nando:
“The worst part of not playing is when you think you’re prepared and ready to do it. I tried to get minutes at Chelsea and seize opportunities, but things do not always go the best way, and can drag on for weeks or even years.” He is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“It was like swimming with wet clothes on. Now I know how I am, and I’m fine. At the end those doubts about your quality eventually disappear.’