Torres: “My future is in Liverpool, I have not given them just one year more”
(Anything bolded below is my emphasis and mine alone. This translation is a bit tl;dr. I also had to tweak one of the sentences, cos I realized it wasn't an exact translation. I hope it won't freak people out.)
And now continuing with the parade of stars at “The Game at 12.” Last night we had the luxury of sharing the microphones of Cadena COPE with the Liverpool player, Fernando Torres.
Focusing on the Spanish NT, el Nino (the Kid), reviewed with Juan Antonio Alcala and the COPE listeners all of the recent topics connected to him: the new evolution of la Roja, the beginning of his season at Liverpool and the recent closing of the transfer market.
Fernando began by reflecting on Spain’s triumph in the World Cup and the post-victory feelings: “When more time pases, the South Africa World Cup will be bigger. We have the memories of the France [WC] of Zidane, that is the most impressive one that I had seen, and when more time passes, when they begin to retire, the more you admire them. There is a need to enjoy this from day to day. 50 days have passed, but there is not a day when you don't remember or that the the people do not remind you of it.”
Despite the good memory, Torres did not deny that he also had some difficult challenges in South Africa: “There were many difficult moments, the moment I was injured, the surgery, when I tried to arrive on time, and then my concentration went astray a bit. It was a reward to even be there and live it, with the World Cup and everything that happened, but on a personal level, it was not my best moment.
When Alcala asked about the next challenges, Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland and the 2014 World Cup in Brasil, the Liverpool star showed his optimism: “We have the right to dream, we got the Euro and the World Cup, it would be unfair to ask for more, but there is the need to dream. This era’s generation, we could be in Ukraine and in Brasil as we are, why not?
Torres, with his habitual humility, did not disparage the rivals Spain face on its path to the Euro, the first Liechtenstein: “They will be a good test for us. Our first rivals are accesible and it is good to start the tournament winning and getting goals. We need to strive to be the first of our group and to shut out everyone although there remains much more. It is not easy a group as everyone thinks it is, but we have confidence.”
Evidentally, one of the topics for the star was his future and the possibility of leaving Liverpool. Torres told us how he lived his summer: “The club recceived offers and it decided to reject them. And that was the end of it. We have a contract and I have always said that I prefer that they speak first with the clubs. I owe a lot to Liverpool, practically everything, I understand their position and the situation of living with the imminent purchase of the club by new investors and that in that process it is impractical.
(Sorry, my literal translation makes no sense. The grammar is a little convoluted, blame Fernando, this is a near verbatim quote. I think what he means essentially is that he defers to the club and that he knows that since they are basically waiting for the club to get bought, they can’t afford to sell him, it’s impratical. But by saying he owes them a lot, he does not seem resentful about this decision.)
Also, he reflected on the group at Mersey and the changes that they could produce: “I believe that Liverpool has kept Gerrard and that he is fundamental and I believe that the current team will continue being a great team. It is a delicate topic because we did not play in the Champions League but we continue being the best club in England, playing in Anfield every weekend is a privilege and I have always enjoyed challenges. We’ll see if a new group of investors comes and we can return to competing with Manchester and Chelsea. It is not easy beginning with a new trainer but we will see what we are capable of.”
During the summer, it was practically considered a done deal that Torres was leaving his club. Chelsea and Barcelona were the clubs most often mentioned: "The truth is I had the feeling that the entire world thought it was a done deal that I was going to return to Spain when I had not spoken with a single club, so I was surprised to see the English press were saying these things. My future is in Liverpool, the people won't have to think that I've only given one year, I have a contract until 2013 and it is my future. It is a project that begins this year with a new trainer and many changes and it is a great challenge, the fans deserve it, what they have given me, no one else has given me."
About the goals of the new Liverpool, Fernando said that “This year, our objective is to be in the top 4, obviously. And then we will see where we are able to go. For the club, it is fundamental that we get new owners that can make Liverpool a competitive club. The group has not changed a lot, we just lack institutional foundation and tranquility--we do not have these.”
And the new questioning about his possible departure from the English squad, Fernando insisted: “Everyone wants to get better in the sport and we want to be important and to win titles and for all of those things, it is fundamental that we have new owners to develop a good plan, although this cannot be done in one year, I know that it will take time. But, in the end, the important thing is to be happy in a place, that you feel important and that is what I have in Liverpool, there is nothing right now that would make me think of going elsewhere.”
Finally, Torres spoke about Javier Mascherano, the new Barcelona signing and his Reds teammate for several seasons: “I have always gotten along well with Javier and I know that it was his dream to play for Barcelona. I believe that he will contribute a lot of work, he is much better than the rest of the world thinks he is, also his technical skills with the ball, he is a smart guy and he will adapt quickly to suit Guardiola’s wishes. It is a luxury that Barcelona can rotate these players. It is a huge loss for us [Liverpool].”
And the funniest thing of all is I'm not even a fan of Liverpool. But I thought you Reds might appreciate it. I know I did! And okay, I also love how Fernando totally calls out the English press for talking nonsense about him during transfer season.
Now I only hope that Al Primer Toque posts a podcast of their 'Caso Messi' show comparing Barca Messi with Argentina NT Messi. They interviewed Andres Iniesta and Angel Di Maria, to name a few, but I was distracted during the show and missed most of their points, alas.