Ferran Torres’ signing for Manchester Metropolis from Valencia places an finish to the rumours over the previous few months linking him to only about each main membership in all the greatest leagues.
He has had provides from Juventus, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – and obtained calls from Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United – however it’s Metropolis who finalised a deal estimated at about 23m euros (£20.87m), plus 12m euros (£10.9m) in extras.
The time has come for the 20-year-old – a prodigiously gifted, lightning quick winger – to hunt his fortune elsewhere within the footballing world.
A cut price for Man Metropolis?
Valencia wished way more for the teen however had been acutely aware that he might have left at no cost in a 12 months’s time – Manchester Metropolis have gotten themselves a cut price.
Once I met up with him final week in Valencia, I requested him whether or not he was studying languages.
“Sure, you’ve got at all times obtained to be studying languages since you by no means know the place soccer will take you tomorrow…. however above all I’m studying English, as a result of English is crucial no matter a part of the world you might be in,” he mentioned.
So extremely is Torres rated that many on the membership thought a brand new Valencia facet may very well be constructed round him. However, as at all times appears to occur at Valencia, politics and finance intervened.
With contract negotiations dragging on, the membership determined to not take an opportunity – and have accepted a switch payment as a substitute.
But Torres retains a loyalty each to the membership and his house city of Foios, round six miles to the north of Valencia’s Mestalla house.
Simply as he can have no criticism of Foios – “I used to be raised there, have all my buddies there and the reality is I really feel very a lot at house there” – neither will he hear a phrase mentioned towards the membership he joined as a seven-year-old.
He recollects the primary time he placed on the Valencia package simply earlier than going to coaching as a child.
“I keep in mind placing on the shirt then going into the toilet taking a look at myself virtually in a daze,” he mentioned.
“I used to be simply sporting the shirt and my underpants and I used to be simply staring on the shirt and saying to myself: ‘What am I doing right here? How did I get right here?’ It was a particular second.
“On the finish of the day, it’s the staff from my land and the staff that has given me all the things.”
However now Torres is aware of the time has come to go away the membership he has supported all his life.
He mentioned: “As a participant, I take into account myself to be bold, somebody that desires to win, win win, and… as time passes and you are feeling you might be higher ready, you then need to tackle larger challenges, expertise a change of atmosphere. Sure, I feel I’m prepared to take action.
“Inside I at all times assume that I’m the perfect, and that I need to be the perfect and I work to attempt to be the perfect. In the event you do not imagine your self that you’re the perfect, then no-one is ever going to imagine that you’re.”
How did Torres get right here?
His talent and velocity had been apparent to everybody from the second he joined the membership as a boy.
He made his approach by means of the ranks and, very like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had achieved earlier than him, spent most of his time enjoying in sides and leagues that includes kids a lot larger – and virtually at all times no less than two years older than him.
“I did undergo due to the large bodily variations that existed,” he mentioned. “I used to be tiny compared to among the those that I might see had been absolutely fashioned and I struggled to the purpose that I would depart crying.
“To enter challenges as a 14 or 15-year-old towards robust 17 and 18-year-old males was onerous for me. That feeling of not with the ability to win, not with the ability to do what I wished to was one thing I discovered onerous to absorb.”
He acquired information of his inclusion in Valencia’s first-team squad when enjoying for Spain on the 2017 Below-17 World Cup in India. On 16 December that 12 months, he turned the primary individual born within the 2000s to play in La Liga as he made his league debut towards Eibar.
What are his main strengths?
Torres’ recreation relies on blistering velocity, excellent shut management and unpredictability in assault. A modern-day winger – he also can play inside – he has a fantastic change of tempo, could be very highly effective, regular with the ball at his toes and robust within the air.
Comparisons are already being made to a younger Cristiano Ronaldo, a participant who he cites as his primary reference, “not simply due to the way in which he performs his soccer but in addition due to the way in which he carries himself away from soccer”. He added: “It’s worthy of admiration and I wish to observe his steps.”
He isn’t but the completed article however is as shut as is feasible for one so younger and has been described by Valencia academy director of recruitment, Jose Gimenez, as “the whole participant”.
Maybe his best asset is his soccer intuition. “Greater than a acutely aware understanding, what I do I do instinctively,” he mentioned. “If by that you just imply understanding then I assume it’s, though I by no means actually assume that I’ve recognized what I’m going to do, however slightly simply achieved in at that second.”
What’s he like off the pitch?
Torres shall be sorely missed at Valencia not simply by the staff but in addition the followers who adore him as one in every of their very own.
“For most of the followers you’re a reference and they’re additionally spending their time having their photograph taken with you and that also needs to be revered and so I spend no matter time is critical to be with them,” he mentioned.
Till lately, Torres was nonetheless dwelling together with his father in Foios, though he has since purchased himself an house in Valencia. The winger recollects a childhood tilling the soil in his grandfather’s orchard, one thing he now realises was one other a part of his training.
“On the finish of the day, these are the small particulars that we must not ever lose, as a result of though it has nothing to do instantly with soccer, it has helped, me no less than, to turn into the kind of person who I’m,” he mentioned.
His closest buddies name him Ferri; Torres mentioned of them: “I’ve above all 4 buddies that I’ve had all my life and with who I do virtually all the things, and the actual fact is we at all times keep in touch with each other.
“Once I do issues badly, they inform me, and after I do nicely, they’re there to congratulate me, however greater than the rest I’m most grateful to them after they inform me concerning the issues that I’ve achieved improper.”
He’s additionally extraordinarily keen on his two canines, an 11-year-old Podenco Andaluz referred to as Minnie and a 12-year-old Czechoslovakian Wolfdog referred to as Lluna.
“For my sister and me they’re all the things. Actually we could not dwell with out them. They’ve lived all of it with me. All the things now we have talked about they’ve lived with me,” he added.
There may be at present no speak of romance for Torres. The principle girl in his life at current is his sister Arantxa, six years his senior.
Torres mentioned: “With my sister it is true that I’m way more open. Along with her I specific way more what I’m considering at that specific second. She is my confidante.
“She’s been by means of some very tough and sophisticated instances and she or he has confronted them and are available by means of them. She has her personal profession, her grasp’s diploma and that has a fantastic advantage. She has at all times been super-protective of me.
“I feel that the explanation I get on so nicely along with her is as a result of she is aware of the way to keep on the margins, to not smother me, and I do know that if I would like one thing, I can go to her.
“She’s going to by no means ask me, however when I’ve any doubts about something or any sort of downside, the primary individual I at all times go to is her.
“We’ve got a tattoo on our ankles – an anchor – through which are the phrases ‘I refuse to sink’. That is as a result of now we have gone by means of tough instances collectively and now we have at all times come by means of them and moved ahead.”
I requested him: why is the tattoo in English?
“I do not know,” he answered. “I feel it appears to be like higher in English.”
A model of this text was initially revealed on 1 August 2020.