Fernando Torres claimed yesterday that he would "change nothing" about last season at Chelsea, despite spending a fair proportion of it on the bench and telling an interviewer after the Champions League final that he had been mistreated by the club and experienced the "worst moments of his career".
The striker, who will start against his first club Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup final in Monaco tonight, first said that his interview with a Spanish journalist had been misinterpreted. Then Torres altered his position to say he would change nothing about the experience.
"I would change nothing that happened to me last season. That taught me a lot of things. I learnt a lot about a lot of people, in both ways. Now I know my position in this club, what I have to do. I learnt a lot of things last season: good, bad. The end of the season was brilliant for the club, for me and for everyone. It made me a better player, a better person, and I'm stronger than ever now."
Torres said that after the interview became public he had spoken with the Chelsea board and Roberto Di Matteo, adding the situation had been "clarified in five minutes. They made a big effort to buy me, and I have a lot of things still to do for this club."