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Torres determined to succeed at Chelsea

Out-of-form striker Fernando Torres wants to stay at Chelsea and lead the line, setting his sights on Club World Cup glory.

Torres has struggled for form and goals following his 50 million-pound transfer from Liverpool in January 2011, but is known to be a favourite of club owner Roman Abramovich.

Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao has been linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, but Torres has no intention of surrendering his centre-forward’s berth.

“I’m very happy (as the main striker) because it’s what I have been doing in the past and the role I like to get,” he told the FIFA website.

“Hopefully it can be like this until the end of the season.

“In my first full season (at Chelsea) we won the FA Cup and Champions League, what more can you ask? We have a chance now to win the Club World Cup.

“I have four more years on my contract, hopefully in these four years I can win many more things than the Champions League and FA Cup, starting with the Club World Cup.

“To be a Champions League winner is amazing, something that you are going to be proud of and show everyone. When you are retired you can look back and see the Champions League final as one of the highlights of your career.”

Chelsea enter the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan later this month by virtue of their Champions League triumph in May, with Torres confident the team can compete for the trophy.

“(Chelsea) should be (favourites) but, for me, favourite means nothing,” he said.

“The only thing it can add is more pressure for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re favourite or not, you have to prove it on the pitch.

“We have never been there and it’s always a completely different atmosphere in Asia, not just in the crowds, especially the weather conditions and the way the South American teams approach the competition.

“We will mentally prepare and hopefully we arrive there with enough time to adapt and be focused to win this tournament and take it seriously, as we should.

“I think it’s one of the main targets we should have this season – we are not going to play this tournament again if we don’t win the Champions League.”

Tue 4 December, 2012
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