Ferran Torres might have completed a transfer to Manchester City but the Spanish winger admitted he actually never wanted to leave Valencia. It was, however, the club that forced him to consider a transfer in the summer of 2019. He was told he could leave and was even offered out to several clubs in Spain. He decided to stay and later on earned a big money move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Talking to Marca Torres told: “I started thinking about it last summer after the European Under-19 Championship. The club told me personally that they weren’t counting on me. They literally said that I was the fifth winger in the squad, that reinforcements were coming and other players from other positions were ahead of me.
“It was a very hard blow for me, but what was worse was that they even put me on the market and offered me to teams in Spain. There were calls from 12 La Liga clubs, including Levante and one Segunda Division club. That’s when I started thinking about leaving. The problem is that there are people within the club and a few journalists who are determined to damage my image. I don’t want to leave on bad terms because I’m a Valencia fan.”
“When the club decided to put me in the first team I began to come under pressure and criticism. It wasn’t just me, but they wanted to harm my representatives and my family. The same people who now campaign against me said then that I would fail, which hurt a lot at 17. I have to say that there were other journalists who treated me with love and respect. There are, though, club employees working to smear my image.”