Chelsea Transfer News: Fernando Torres Not Ready to Give Up with Blues

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Those hoping this summer will mark the end of Fernando Torres' disappointing stint with Chelsea may have to wait longer than anticipated. 

According to the polarizing striker himself, leaving the Blues during the upcoming transfer window is not an option (via's Stefan Coerts):

"There are still many things for me to achieve at Chelsea before I return home. Right now returning to Atletico is not realistic," the striker told AS.

"I've never hidden the fact that I am very grateful for everything Atletico gave me, but the reality is that I'm in another team and I have three years left on my contract."

Torres' career in Chelsea blue has been...interesting.

If you mention his name to football fans, a majority of them will probably respond by throwing up in their mouth a little bit. Once arguably the world's best striker with Liverpool, Torres nearly fell off the face of the earth after moving to Chelsea on a record-setting £50 million transfer fee. 

He hasn't been the scum of the earth as most would suggest. While, at 29, he has clearly lost some of that speed that made him so dangerous once upon a time, the Spanish star has still managed 30 goals in 103 appearances across all competition for the Blues.

Although he has had his share of head-scratching moments, that's far from a terrible rate. 

But for the 50-million-pound man, it is perceived as such, and with his production trailing far behind expectations, most fans are understandably fed up and ready to say, "Goodbye." 

Well, apparently Torres hates goodbyes

If he's unwilling to go back home to Spain—back to the club where he began his youth career when he was just 11 years old, back to a squad that is more likely than most to take on a struggling forward who has lost a step, it's doubtful that he is ready to accept a move anywhere else.

It's important to take all April transfer comments with a grain of salt. But for now, it appears that Torres is determined to play out his contract with Chelsea.