Torres: Tough to settle at Chelsea

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted he has found it harder to settle at Stamford Bridge than when he first left Spain for Liverpool.

The £50million striker has looked a shadow of the player who terrorised Premier League defences during his time at Anfield since his switch to Stamford Bridge in January.

The former Atletico Madrid ace admits that the scale of the English capital has played a part, coupled with the lack of familiar faces compared to when he was on Merseyside.

But the 27-year-old is confident that he will find his feet with Andre Villas-Boas’ side and feels that it is hard to compare his current club with his previous employers.

"They have no similarity, neither in their past nor in their present. My adaptation process for each has been completely distinct," he told Esquire Espana.

"Chelsea is in London, a huge city. I come from Madrid, also a great European capital, but this is much more of everything, for good and for bad.

"It’s been difficult for me to adapt here compared to when I arrived in Liverpool, a more comfortable place, smaller, where I was surrounded by Spanish team-mates.

"In the end, the important thing is to try and organise yourself as quickly as possible. That’s what I’m doing."

Torres refuses to be bogged down by the constant references to his price tag and insists that when the Blues became interested in his services, it was an offer he could not refuse.

He said: "That’s just a number. The only thing I know is that opportunities such as the one Chelsea offered me cannot be turned down. The important thing is the confidence they have in me.

"Liverpool was going down a strange path. Personally, I believe the departure of Xabi Alonso to Madrid was a clear message that something was changing.

"I have the ambition to improve and Chelsea could offer me what every footballer desires: titles."