Premier League - Torres: My heart is with Atletico

Sat, 05 Feb 08:17:00 2011

Fernando Torres has pledged his allegiance to former club Atletico Madrid ahead of his highly-anticipated Chelsea debut against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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Torres has vowed not to celebrate if he scores against the Reds, who sold him to Chelsea for a British record £50 million, with his former club's fans burning shirts bearing his name in the wake of the move.

But the 26-year-old insists playing for Liverpool or Chelsea is a just part of his profession, with his heart remaining with former club Atletico.

"I never kissed the Liverpool badge," he said. "Never. No. Kissed the badge? No. I never did. I never did when I was at Atletico Madrid, and I love Atletico, my former club.

"I see some players doing that when they join a club but the romance in football has gone. It's a different thing now. People are coming and leaving. When you are joining a club you want to do the best for yourself and that club and that's all.

"Some people like to kiss the badge. They can do it. I only want to score goals and do my job and achieve all the targets the team has.

"When I was born in Madrid I was not a Liverpool fan or a Chelsea fan. I was only an Atletico Madrid fan. I still am. Maybe it's the only badge I will kiss if I have to kiss one."

Torres is expected to receive a very mixed reception at Stamford Bridge from fans and players alike, but the forward says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has wished him the best with his new club.

"He (Gerrard) was one of the first ones who called me and said if I left, if I stayed, he would help me and support me," he said.

"Maybe because he was in that situation first. He's been a very good friend and team-mate from the first to the last day.

"He only wanted the best for me and said he'd agree with whatever decision I made."

Eurosport / PA Sport

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