Fernando Torres dismisses Barcelona link.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has dismissed speculation linking him with Barcelona and says he is looking forward to working with new Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Barca are thought to be keen on a surprise move for the Spaniard and Mourinho’s claim that Torres must do better has only increased speculation about the forward’s future.
The Portuguese described the £50m signing’s form as ‘so-so’ but the 29-year-old says he is excited to hear the Special One’s plans for him.
“I look forward to talking with Mourinho and to know what plans he has for me,” Torres, who is with the Spain squad at the Confederations Cup, is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“The first thing I am aware of is he will expect much more from me, I expect more from me. Now I have pressure Mourinho adds and that’s a challenge for a player.”
Torres admitted that the has a close personal relationship with Barca’s president Sandro Rossell but insisted there was nothing in the link to the Catalans.
“I have known Sandro Rosell for a long time,” he said.
“There is a personal relationship, but nothing more than that. My head is now in the Confederations Cup, immediately after that Chelsea.
“I want to talk with Mourinho and then prepare for the coming season.”
The Spain international scored just eight goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season but impressed in Europe, bagging nine goals in 15 outings in the Europa League and Champions League.