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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Torres doubts future at new champion Chelsea

AFP-Jiji

MADRID — Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has cast doubt over his future at the newly crowned European champions, labeling this past season as the most difficult of his career.

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Prized possession: Chelsea's Fernando Torres kisses the Champions League trophy after beating Bayern Munich on Saturday. AFP-JIJI

The £50 million ($79 million) Spain international, who hit just six league goals this season, told Spanish sports newspaper AS that he was extremely disappointed not to be in the starting lineup for Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

He added that he wants clarity over his role in the team.

"This season I have felt things that I hadn't felt before. I feel that I have been treated in a manner I did not expect, not the way they said when I signed for the club," Torres said.

"We have had many conversations and now the season is finished we will talk to see what happens with my future because what I have gone through this year is not the role for which I came.

"There have been many highs and lows, many times I felt lost. I wasn't sure what to do, I felt like I didn't know where to be."

Torres was an 84th-minute substitute at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, earning the corner from which Didier Drogba equalized, but did not take a penalty in the shootout.

Despite his limited contribution in Saturday's showpiece, Torres admitted Chelsea's improbable run to the Champions League title helped soothe his personal pain after a challenging year with the west London outfit.

"A victory like the one in Munich makes up for it, but I want someone to tell me what will happen in the future," he said.



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