Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said that he would love the chance to work under Diego Simeone, someone who he played alongside once which has increases the possibility of the Blues swapping the under-par striker with Atletico hot-shot Diego Costa, the La Liga Man who is widely tipped to be Mourinho’s top summer target.
The striker said that, in a wide ranging interview on his birthday, that he does not know where his future lies but he would relish to work under Simeone, someone he played alongside at the club as well:
“I’ve had a lot of admiration for ‘El Cholo’ ever since we were team-mates. He helped me a lot. He taught me how to be a captain; he taught me a lot in the seasons we played together at Atleti.
“I always want to work with people I admire. I admired Rafa Benítez from the outside, and I had the chance to work with him. The same goes for Jose Mourinho or Luis Aragones.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with people who, when you saw them from the outside, you said: ‘What have they got, what’s their secret, why do all the teams they coach work well…?’
“Simeone is like Guardiola or like other coaches, who you’d like to go and see how they coach and learn.”
“In football, you never know. You don’t know where you’re going to be tomorrow, in a week’s time or in 10 years’ time. How can I answer that question!”
With Chelsea being tipped for a move to sign Spain and Atletico striker Diego Costa, one can’t rule out a possible cash plus money deal and a swapping of sides for the two compatriots. Jose Mourinho is looking for a striker in the summer and Chelsea have continuously been linked to the La Liga star, who is currently in the peak of his form
The subject of Torres’s time at Anfield was naturally raised and the former Liverpool striker said:
“I played three-and-a-half years there and they made me feel at home, as in the Calderon. The affection of the fans was tremendous and made me feel a quiet confidence”, said the former Atletico man
Torres left the Reds in January 2011 in a transfer that led to a complete reversal in his popularity with Liverpool and was met very negatively. The player’s subsequent interviews and comments such as ‘finally playing for a big club’ were naturally met with animosity and led to burning of jerseys etc. Torres’s first match was also against Liverpool and he was under heavy pressure in the game which reflected in the performance. Liverpool won that match. The Spaniard is still greeted with jeers whenever he plays against his former club.
Torres has cited half-reporting as the reason why Liverpool supporters have been so negative towards him.
“They haven’t understood because all they’ve been told is the version that some people have given the club and the media,
“They have been sold something which isn’t reality. I’m sure it’s not easy to understand when a player leaves, but I have the thousands of letters I’ve received in London from Liverpool fans thanking me and now following me in another team.
“Last year we went to play at Anfield and a man over 70, almost in tears, thanked me and wished me the best. There will be every kind of reaction but the Liverpool fans I have come across have had loving words for me.”