By Keira Daley
3 August 2010
Liverpool’s Spanish striker Fernando Torres has made what appears to be an unconditional pledge to remain at the club for the coming season, regardless of the ownership situation. Speaking to the club’s official website today, he said: “I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed.
“I am really happy to be back, really happy to stay with all my team-mates. This is the best club in the country so the targets and expectations are always high. Hopefully we can stay at our level. At Liverpool the aim is to fight for every title. It was difficult last season but we are sure we can improve this season.
“I really appreciated the fact that [manager] Roy [Hodgson] came out to see me while I was on my holidays. He told me about his plans for the club and what he wanted from me and I appreciated that. I hope he will be the right man to reach the targets of Liverpool Football Club and I am really looking forward to working with him.”
There have been doubts about Torres future, because other clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing him. Uncertainly about the club’s future ownership has also clouded the issue. But Torres insists: “I felt at home from the first day, I feel the fans love me and everyone knows I am really happy here and really happy to play at Anfield. I’m looking forward to starting the season and playing with my team-mates and for the fans.”
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