Chelsea striker Fernando Torres claims takeover ‘chaos’ was key in decision to leave Liverpool

Spaniard says he did not have time to wait for success at Anfield
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says his time at Liverpool wasn’t the same following the “chaos” surrounding the club’s takeover earlier in the season.

After months of protests against Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the Reds were sold to Fenway Sports Group in October.

But Torres says he did not have time for the new owners’ plans to come into place, instead moving to Stamford Bridge for £50 million on the final day of the January transfer window.

"I knew I was an idol for the fans but it wasn't the same any more," he told Marca.

"The institution was in chaos with the sale. There was all this talk of possible projects.

"In many ways it reminded me of [former club] Atletico Madrid... a great history, many ideas but without money, it needed time. I don't have that.

"People aren't honest in the world of football. You can't say the truth or be clear with people. It's a business and nobody is anyone's friend."

Torres is pleased with the atmosphere around the Chelsea squad, and also criticised the “serious” attitude at former club Liverpool.

He added: "Chelsea have proved they have top-level players in all departments and that they will always be competitive whatever happens, with an owner who will invest when it is necessary.

"There are more personal relationships and jokes between the players than there were at Liverpool. Everything was much more serious there. Here, you don't have to prove you are a professional, it is assumed."

Our  provides the best breaking news online and our  football fan community is unmatched worldwide. Never miss a thing again!