Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has cast doubt upon his future with the club after describing being benched for the Champions League final as the biggest disappointment of his life.
With the form of teammate Didier Drogba, and manager Roberto Di Matteo’s tactics favouring a lone striker, Torres has found his playing time reduced - culminating in his omission from the starting XI against Bayern Munich.
And the 28-year-old Spaniard has voiced the extent of his dismay at his being left out, especially with the form that he has shown for the Blues in recent weeks.
“It’s contradictory because I feel like I’m at a peak moment in my career, with more desire and hunger than I’ve felt in a long time but I’ve had to spend the final on the bench," he told AS. "It was a huge disappointment when I saw the lineup, perhaps the biggest in my life."
The former Atletico Madrid marksman went on to claim that promises made to him when signing for the Stamford Bridge outfit have not been fulfilled and, as a result, his future is uncertain.
“This season I have felt things that I never had before," he continued. "I’ve felt like they treated me in a way that I didn’t expect not in the way that was spoken of when they signed me. We’ve had a lot of talks and we’ll talk about my future because the role I’ve had this season is not for me, nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here. I’m not comfortable.”
Torres has had his fair share of critics since joining Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011 and acknowledged that the past 18 months had been a struggle for him.
“I’m eternally grateful to my family who have been by my side and also for the support of the owners who have stuck by me. And especially to the fans, if it hadn’t been for them this season I would have given up.”
As for the future, the Spanish striker admitted that Champions League glory made up for missing out on starting, but insisted that he would like to see changes to his role next season before making any decisions.
He concluded: “A victory like that in Munich makes up for it, but I want the club to tell me what will happen in the future and what sort of role I will have within the team, what my duties are, what the club expects of me. And then judge whether it is worth it.”
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