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Torres pledges future to Chelsea

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Fernando Torres joined in the Champions League celebrations despite being unhappy at being left on the bench © PA Photos
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Fernando Torres has moved to clarify his situation at Chelsea by insisting he is happy at the club and has plenty to achieve.

The Spaniard has had a tough 18 months at Chelsea and hit out at his treatment following the club's Champions League final win. He claimed he was overlooked for penalty duties in the final win over Bayern Munich, having started the match on the bench. Torres was quoted as saying he was "not comfortable" with his role and would seek out the club for talks. But it would appear his stance has softened in the days since the final and he is eager to fight for his future.

"At Chelsea I am very happy and I never said the opposite," Torres told his personal website. "I still have a lot to do in this club. It has been a difficult year, I didn't play much and my mind was like a roller-coaster.

"I believe that I deserved to play more. I felt very bad and I would not like to feel that way again but I have never surrendered and I never will.

"When Chelsea signed me they did it with great expectations, and the confidence of the owner and the fans has been unconditional, but my role in the team has not followed that line.

"I look at myself and think I have not known how to be essential for the coaches I've had and this is another goal to accomplish which I will, at all costs."

Torres has admitted he has had to overcome a mental block at Chelsea, but is now ready to press on following talks with club officials.

"It was a mental block, I felt really bad," he told fernando9torres.com. "I felt very well on the field this season because I have become a more complete player but the ball did not fall for me and I felt I was never in the correct position.

"I want to thank Steve Holland (assistant coach) for the work he did to help me. There were times where I lost hope and that has never happened to me before.

"It's the worst feeling in the world when you love your profession and I became the player I hate. Luckily it is part of the past. Now all I have in mind is to fulfil dreams. The best is yet to come. Now we have to keep dreaming.

"My goal was to talk to them at the end of the season, I needed to know what plans they had for me. We've talked and now I have no doubt what they expect of Fernando Torres. I just want to start next season already."

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