Former Manchester City striker Ferran Torres has described the decision to move to Barcelona as ‘a no-brainer’.
Torres moved to Camp Nou after spending just over a year with City. Injuries hampered his final months at the Etihad before his transfer to Barcelona was confirmed in January, after being courted by the Catalan club for a time.
Since returning to his native Spain, Torres has scored seven times in 22 appearances in all competitions, as well as six assists. The 22-year-old also managed to secure a regular place alongside Xavi which he struggled to do at City.
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While Torres had some brilliant moments during his time in the Premier League, he wasn’t able to deliver those impressive performances on a regular basis. Having failed to settle at the Etihad, the Spain international asked to leave the club before joining Barca for an initial fee of £46.7million.
Torres has now revealed his decision to leave City. In an interview in Spain (via Sports Illustrated), the striker explained why it was an easy decision, despite the Blues’ success.
“I feel good. It’s a bit difficult to change clubs in January, but Manchester City let me go easily,” Torres said.
“[City] were winning everything, but when you don’t have the opportunities you want, you look at other options. Xavi wanted me, and that was obvious.”
Torres’ comments come after the striker admitted when he arrived at the Nou Camp in January that he had used City as a stepping stone back to his native Spain. The 22-year-old joined the Blues from Valencia for £20.7million in the summer of 2020.
“I’ve always said it, it was very clear to me. I went to City to find one of the greatest in Spain. I was ready to take on this responsibility. I want to bring Barca back instead. he deserves,” Torres said during his unveiling.
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