Agent hints that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could leave Stamford Bridge in the summer
Fernando Torres will evaluate his Chelsea future at the end of the season, according to his agent.
After 14 months of despair following his £50 million transfer from Liverpool, the striker’s representative, Bahia Internacional’s Antonio Sanz, has given the first hint he is already entertaining the prospect of moving on, courting interest from Roma and Juventus.
It is an extraordinary admission of the depths of the 28 year-old’s disillusionment during the course of his brief Chelsea career, although there was emphasis that the recent managerial changes have significantly helped his state of mind.
“We’ll evaluate his future in the coming months,” Sanz said. “Fernando has another four years on his contract at Chelsea and the situation there has changed for him.”
Torres was particularly unhappy under the management of Andre Villas-Boas, his agent said.
“With Villas-Boas, he was not considered, but the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo on the bench has seen him return to have the trust that he deserves,” said Sanz.
He played a great match in the Champions League in Lisbon, assisting the winning goal for Kalou.”
Torres’s global status has dipped alarmingly since he left Liverpool and he is now not even certain of a place in the Spain squad for Euro 2012.
The appointment of the next full-time Chelsea manager will be crucial to determining if he believes he can ever thrive at Stamford Bridge and elevate himself to the form which prompted a record fee between British clubs.
Torres had been interested in a move to London for 18 months prior to his signing, but injuries and loss of confidence preceded his transfer, and without a regular starting place he has been unable to regain his sharpness.
If Torres is to leave at the end of the season, it would seem the top Italian clubs are heading the queue to sign him, but for a cut price fee there would be no shortage of sides across Europe ready to take the risk on him rediscovering his goalscoring touch.
“We know the new American project at Roma and the philosophy of manager Luis Enrique, but if Roma want Fernando, they will have to talk with Chelsea,” said Sanz.
“The Italian championship is of a good standard, but there are currently no discussions with Roma or Juventus.”