Fernando Torres admits watching the Champions League final from the bench was ‘the biggest disappointment of his life’, and has hinted his time at Chelsea could be over
The Spain international has enjoyed a resurgence of form under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, sparking hopes he would be named in the starting XI for the European climax against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
However, the World Cup winner played only a minor role off the substitutes’ bench as Blues stalwart Didier Drogba started as a lone striker, heading home a last-gasp equaliser before going on to slot home the decisive kick in the penalty shoot-out.
And Torres, who joined the west London club from Liverpool for a record £50 million in January 2011, is now set to hold clear-the-air talks with the Chelsea board, in a bid to discover the club’s intentions for him over the course of his current deal.
“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. It was a huge disappointment when I saw the line-up, perhaps the biggest in my life,” Torres told Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague.
“I thought I would play in this game and I couldn’t imagine not doing so. But in the end I could participate and offer the team something. I’m really happy.
“This season I have felt things that I never had before. 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.
“I want them to tell me what is going to happen in the future. Football has been fair on us, on me.
“Now I do feel like football is worth it but I’ve been through a difficult time. The worst in my career. I don’t want that again. There’s been many times when I’ve felt lost, I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged.
“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.”
He added: “I need the club to tell me what is going to happen 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.”