La Roja star is still the most expensive player in British football history.
Misfiring Chelsea front man Fernando Torres has revealed that telling Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard he was leaving Anfield to join the west London club “was one of the most difficult moments of my career,” according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The Spain international left the Merseyside giants to join the Blues in January 2011 in British-record deal worth a staggering £50m.
However, Torres has now admitted just how hard it was telling his captain that he was set to joun Liverpool’s arch rivals.
“One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me, ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do’,” Torres told French magazine So Foot.
“But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career.
“He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.
“At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles. There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart.
“The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.
“I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with Liverpool.
“Then they were in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive.”
Torres, 30, has managed to hit the back of the net on 45 occasions in his 172 marches in all competitions since signing for Chelsea.
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