In a very surprising turn of events, news reports have filtered out with claims that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres criticized his fellow teammates in an interview conducted in Spain. Torres apparently spoke to the official website of Spain's Primera Liga last week, with an English translation later appearing on the striker's personal website.
Torres, who has endured a miserable run for Chelsea since his £50million move from Liverpool, scoring just one goal in 18 games, was quoted as branding Chelsea's "older" players as "very slow" and calling new teammate Juan Mata as a necessary signing.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas sought clarification from the player about interview, and apparently, Torres claimed his words were mistranslated. Speaking to press about the issue, Villas Boas said, "We are going in-depth to regain the tape of that interview. We'll see if things play exactly as they are in that interview."
Asked what action would be taken if the translation proved accurate, Villas Boas added:
We'd just talk. Just talk to share opinion. If it was unauthorised, I'd fine him, of course. Anyhow, it's one player's perspective.
I don't think it's a perspective that the manager shares. I don't have to share my players' ideas sometimes. I think we have competence, apart from the 'age problem', which for me is not a problem.
Maybe we just have to speak about that situation and he has to see our view as well.
In the interview, Torres also admitted that it'd taken him a longer time than he would have predicted to settle at Stamford Bridge.
There is a possibility that Torres' failure to live up to his hefty price tag is beginning to get to him.