Ferran Torres admits he had wanted to snub transfer and stay at Valencia


Man City’s new signing Ferran Torres has admitted he wanted to stay with Valencia but was forced out of the club.

The 20-year-old completed his £20.8million switch to The Etihad on Tuesday on a five-year deal.

Torres has spent the whole of his career rising through the ranks at boyhood club Valencia, who finished ninth in the La Liga table this season.

And he revealed that leaving was never part of his original thought process, until he felt unwanted at Valencia after they rejected his contract demands.

“I wanted to stay and I put forward the conditions to do so,” Torres told Marca. “They weren’t above the club’s means.

Man City new boy Ferran Torres has admitted he wanted to stay at Valencia
Man City new boy Ferran Torres has admitted he wanted to stay at Valencia

“I know they’re not in the same position as big European clubs, but I was able to lead that project and wanted to be treated as such. The club didn’t want to keep me.”

Torres had been attracting interest from across Europe when it came to renewing his deal at the Mestalla.

But he says he asked for at least two of his demands to be met, which included being made one of the top earners; given the club captaincy; and for owner Peter Lim to be involved in the negotiations – none of which were met.

Torres claims there are people at Valencia trying to "smear his image"
Torres claims there are people at Valencia trying to “smear his image”

Instead City have swooped in to snap up the highly-rated Spain under-21 winger, but already he has his sights on a potential return to Valencia in the future.

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He claims there are people at Valencia who have tried to “smear my image” leading to increased pressure and criticism, as well as a tense relationship with captain Dani Parejo, all of which ultimately made it difficult for him to stick around.

The final straw came when Torres was representing Spain at the U21 European Championships last summer.

Valencia informed the fan favourite they only considered him their fifth-choice winger, before offering his transfer to other clubs in Spain.

“I’m sure I can [return to Valencia one day]. I refuse to think otherwise,” Torres added. “Even if there are crooked people. A lot of them won’t be there in a few years and I’ll have shown that I deserve to return.”

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