Speaking in an interview with COPE, Barcelona forward Ferran Torres has revealed that Real Madrid have tried to sign him four times previously, but he is happy with the choices he has made in his career.
“Before, I had many offers from Real Madrid. But I was too young, it was not the time. Madrid tried to sign me 4 times, ” Torres said.
“The last time was right after the World Cup in Russia, but I stayed at Valencia because I thought I would have more playing time there. I said that we would see what happened in the future. I think I made the right choices. ”
The Spanish international also spoke about various other topics during the interview, as he touched upon his debut season in Barcelona as well as the criticism he has received for his finishing, while he also discussed Robert Lewandowski rumors.
Speaking about his 2021/22 season, the forward said: “My season was very complicated. First I had the injury, which was very serious. Then I signed for Barça, who were going through a very difficult situation.
“Luckily we managed to turn it around and qualify for the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup.”
Explaining his decision to swap Manchester City for Barça, he said: “I could have stayed at Manchester City winning many titles, but I wanted a new challenge. Signing for Barcelona is an honor in itself, but when Xavi calls you, it’s a no brainer. “
While Torres grew into a vital player for Barcelona in the second half of the campaign, there was some criticism levelled against him as he was guilty of missing some gilt-edged chances due to poor finishing.
Talking about the critics, the Spaniard noted: “The footballing world is full of criticism. You can not think about these things too much, because they get in your head. “
However, he admitted that he is working hard to get better and improve every facet of his game.
“I’m a winger, and I know that my main job is not to score goals. I like to think that I help the team in many more ways. Obviously I am always striving to improve in every aspect, learning from others. I go back and watch plays where I made mistakes, ” Torres added.
The 22-year-old finished the season with six goals and six assists from 25 games for Barcelona. He is currently away on international duty with Spain, with La Roja involved in the UEFA Nations League.
Some players have complained about the fixture pile-up and the lack of rest between the end of the season and the international window. Giving his opinion on the matter, Torres said:
“It’s true that we’ve had a very heavy load of matches in recent months, and now we have this tournament before the season fully ends. But I can not complain. Playing for the national team is always an honor. ”
Torres always seems to step up a notch when playing for Spain and credited the confidence shown by manager Luis Enrique as a key factor behind his performances.
“My relationship with Luis Enrique is quite good. He has always given me confidence, since the beginning. I would kill for him. But it’s a normal relationship between a manager and a player. Strictly professional, like anyone else, ” he said.
Torres also spoke about his Barcelona and Spain teammate, Eric Garcia, with whom he also played at Manchester City. Like him, Garcia too has drawn ire from supporters for a few of his performances, but Torres was full of praise for the center-half.
“A good thing about Eric García is that he does not let the critics affect him. He’s a top defender and I am sure that he will continue to improve, “ the Barcelona attacker claimed.
With the summer transfer window almost upon us, Barcelona have been at the center of some interesting speculations. One of their main targets for the window is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who recently admitted that he wishes to join the Catalans.
Torres spoke with excitement about the keenness shown by the Poland international, saying: “It’s an honor to see Lewandowski so interested in signing for us. Let’s hope they reach an agreement and he joins. ”
Talking about his boyhood club Valencia and the disarray they find themselves in currently, Torres commented: “It hurts to see Valencia like this. These last months have been very complicated. I would like to return one day. ”
The 22-year-old also spoke about himself and how he likes to disconnect from the game during his time, saying: “I would describe myself as a simple, calm guy who likes to play football. That’s all.
“I love to disconnect and play with my dogs. I founded the ‘Wild at Heart’ project that helps people adopt stray dogs that need a home. I support the cause, and I have three dogs in Valencia and one here in Barcelona. ”