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Torres to continue with Reds - Agent
Published : 25 May 2010 06:39:00
Fernando Torres' agent has assured Liverpool fans the Spain striker "will continue with the club next season" and is "happy" at Anfield. Despite speculation linking Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City with £50million-plus bids the club have always been confident the Spain striker would still be at Anfield for the start of the next campaign. And even though Torres has expressed the need for the Merseysiders to match his own ambitions by bringing in quality signings, he has never voiced unhappiness about being at Liverpool. But while he prefers to concentrate on the forthcoming World Cup rather than talk about his future, his agent Jose Antonio has offered assurances about the player's commitment. "For the moment I can assure fans that Fernando will continue at Liverpool next season," he told Punto Radio in Spain. "Everything is down to Liverpool's attitude but for the time being Fernando is happy at the club and has a good contract. "Liverpool have not spoken to us about his future, so he is just concentrating on playing at the World Cup." Torres has endured another season hampered by injury as first he struggled with a hernia before a knee problem resulted in two operations, the second prematurely ending his domestic campaign in April. Even taking those issues into account the 26-year-old underlined his importance to Liverpool with 22 goals in 32 appearances, including scoring 18 in 22 Barclays League games. It was not enough to prevent the club slumping to their worst league finish - seventh - for 11 years. But having been out of action for nearly six weeks Torres is trying to salvage something from his year with success at the World Cup. "It's been a very difficult season," he said. "When you start a campaign you hope you will be able to fulfil your dreams, winning titles, not having injuries, enjoying yourself, and it has been just the opposite. "But there is always a tomorrow in football and this summer, the World Cup. "I've put aside the club, the bad season, and I want to finish in the best way possible by making history with my county." With the future of Torres seemingly no longer a worry for Rafael Benitez, the Reds manager can concentrate on other summer targets. He may still be awaiting confirmation from chairman Martin Broughton exactly what finances are available this summer but there are key areas which need attention. Having already set up a pre-contract agreement with Standard Liege's Serbia forward Milan Jovanovic, Benitez must find a new left-back after Fabio Aurelio's widely-expected departure was confirmed.