Fernando Torres claims he has been unfairly treated since making his £50m switch from Liverpool to Chelsea, saying there has been “an overreaction about everything”.
During the Spaniard's time at Atletico Madrid and then Liverpool he was widely regarded as one of the most dangerous strikers in world football. Yet since Roman Abramovich forked out £50m to prise him away from Liverpool in January 2011 he has scored only 37 goals for Chelsea - including just 15 in 87 Premier League games.
His performances have come under intense scrutiny, yet after winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup since his move to Stamford Bridge, Torres feels the move has been fully vindicated.
However, the vilification from some quarters frustrates the Spaniard.
“It’s the feeling that I have had from the first day. There has been the situation going on with the club, the way the team are going and then my own way," he said.
“There has been an overreaction about everything. Overreact when I did that miss or if I have a red card or I hit the crossbar instead of scoring a goal. They never talk about the good things. More or less from the beginning to this day, it’s been the way I feel.
“It was a good season [last year], a good number of goals  that gave us a chance to fight for trophies but if you ask the people, they will say he can do better, should do better. It’s like I said, with me good things are looking so-so and bad things are looking really bad.
“For me, it’s [the price tag] never been a problem. When I joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid, they paid 36m and it was the same situation and never affected me. It’s not something that’s affecting me [now]. Everyone is talking about that but it’s not true.”
However, while Torres has felt victimised during his time at Stamford Bridge, he insists that he should be producing more for the club. He added on Chelsea TV: “The people are looking at me thinking I should do much better and it’s true. The reason you pay that money for someone is that he has shown in the past he is worth that. Now what you have to show is that you can have the same value or even more value for things you have done in Chelsea.
“I know I have many things to do at this club to give the confidence back to the owner. The amount of goals I scored last season should be the minimum.
“I want to ask that of myself but I have enough time. I signed a five-and-a-half year contract and I’m sure the future can only be better.”
Torres’s form has been in stark contrast to what he produced during three-and-a-half years at Anfield say the Evening Standard, where he scored 81 goals in just 143 appearances.
He went from being worshipped by Liverpool’s fans to becoming a hate figure but he still thinks the transfer to Chelsea was the right choice.
“I’m so happy to have made that hard decision in my career to come to Chelsea,” he added. “Over time you can see all the success that we’ve had as a team so everything was worth it.”Reuse content