Torres explains departure

Torres departed to the anger of the club’s supporters, but insists he won’t be kissing the Chelsea badge or any badge that is not that of his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

“I think when the new owner, John Henry, came and brought his team with him, the club was moving in the right direction.

“They have ambition and they know how to do things and go back to the way they were.

“It is my opinion, though, that they need time for that. Maybe they will need the time while I’m at my best age to play football.

“I explained my situation, my feelings, and was honest with everyone.

“I told everyone, face to face, my feelings and that I wanted to leave for Chelsea.