Torres' £50m Chelsea move not motivated by money, says father | inside World Soccer

The father of departed Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has defended his son's blockbusting £50 million move to Chelsea.

Fernando Torres training with Chelsea
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Torres joined Premier League champions Chelsea in a British record deal on Monday after three and a half goal-laden years in a Red shirt.

But dad José Torres has given an explanation as to his son's reasons for leaving.

Speaking at the family home in Madrid, José said: "He's moved for sporting reasons, not money.

"He believed he was taking a step forward in his career when he signed for Liverpool because at the time it was a strong club.

"Whatever the reason, Liverpool has grown weaker. We hope now the Chelsea fans will grow to love him."

José also sympathised with supporters, some of whom burned Torres' shirt after the deal went through.

He added: "You have a great player who has scored some fantastic goals.

"He's a favourite with the fans and all of sudden he's gone. I can almost understand."

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