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Torres expects long-term future to lie with Chelsea

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Under-fire Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has insisted his long-term future remains at the club.

Torres has been a divisive presence at Stamford Bridge ever since joining for £50 million in January 2011 - with his lack of goals and alarming loss of form continuing to confuse and irritate fans in equal measure.

However, new Blues interim manager Rafael Benitez has pledged to help the Spaniard rediscover the prolific form he showed during his time at Liverpool - and Torres himself insists that his long-term future remains in west London.

Torres is hopeful he can add to the titles - an FA Cup and Champions League - he has already won with the club, over the four remaining years of his current contract.

"One of the main reasons to come to Chelsea was that they are always aiming for trophies," Torres said. "I needed to win trophies because they are what you have after you have finished.

"In my first full season, we won the FA Cup and Champions League. What more can you ask? We have a chance now to win the FIFA Club World Cup.

"I have four more years on my contract so hopefully I can win many more things - the Premier League would be amazing. The Capital One Cup and the Community Shield also."

Despite his underwhelming form Torres has been a virtual ever-present for Chelsea this season, with the lack of another viable front-line striking option perhaps playing into that. Torres is hopeful that situation continues for the remainder of the season, despite speculation another big-name forward will be signed in January.

"I'm very happy about that because it's the role I like," Torres said. "Hopefully it can be like this until the end of the season."

Torres has not been the only Blues player underperforming this season, with the side already 10 points adrift of league leaders Manchester United. The ex-Atletico Madrid youngster believes the creative trio of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard will prove critical to any upturn in fortunes.

"We still have to improve other things as a team but I think we have the players," Torres said. "We just need more time. We have been very good defensively this season. But, in the middle, we have huge quality and those players have to be the key."

Manager Benitez believes things are about to turn around for his charge - noting that Torres was scoring a lot of goals in training on Tuesday.

"The main thing is what you can see as a manager on the pitch and training sessions and he is doing well," Benitez said. "He scored a lot of goals in training [on Tuesday]. He is a great player and if he is the right positions they will play with him and if he's not they won't.

"It's not just scoring goals. If you analyse the corners [against us] he was amazing, two or three times clearing the ball. He was helping the team defend. But as a striker you want him to score goals."

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