OFFICIAL: Chelsea sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool | inside World Soccer

Fernando Torres sealed his switch from Liverpool to Chelsea in a staggering £50 million British record transfer deal shortly before the transfer deadline.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and new signing Fernando Torres pose for photographers
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti and new signing Fernando Torres pose for photographers

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The Blues first made a move for the Spaniard on Thursday with an unsuccessful £35 million offer for his services.

But Chelsea managed to push through the late deal and the transfer was finally confirmed on Monday - three days after the Reds turned down the player's transfer request.

"It has been two hard days for me, leaving Liverpool, but I'm a Chelsea player and I'm happy," Torres told Chelsea TV.

"It is one of the biggest steps forward in my career. It is a great club with a great responsibility. People will be expecting big things for me but I am ready for the challenge.

"It is the kind of team I like to play against because that motivates me and the kind of team I want to play for. It is always very tough to play against a team like Chelsea.

"They are one of the best teams in Europe and always fighting for everything - and that is a step forward."

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added: "This is a very significant day for Chelsea, capturing one of the best players in the world with his peak years ahead of him.

"We have long admired the talents of a player who is a proven goalscorer in English football and Fernando's arrival is a sign of our continuing high ambitious.

"I hope every Chelsea fan is as excited as I am with this news."

Torres could take on his former club as early as this weekend when Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

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