Ferran Torres’ signing for Manchester Metropolis from Valencia, which can be made official quickly, places an finish to the rumours over the previous few months linking him to simply about each main membership in the entire greatest leagues.
He has had affords from Juventus, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – and received calls from Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United – however it’s Metropolis about to finalise a deal estimated at about 25m euros (£22.6m) 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 discount for Man Metropolis?
Valencia wished far more for the teen however have been acutely aware that he might have left free of charge in a yr’s time – Manchester Metropolis have gotten themselves a discount.
Once I met up with him final week in Valencia, I requested him whether or not he was studying languages.
“Sure, you have got all the time received 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 important no matter a part of the world you’re in,” he mentioned.
So extremely is Torres rated that many on the membership thought a brand new Valencia aspect might be constructed round him. However, as all the time 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 charge as a substitute.
But Torres retains a loyalty each to the membership and his dwelling city of Foios, round six miles to the north of Valencia’s Mestalla dwelling.
Simply as he can have no criticism of Foios – “I used to be raised there, have all my mates there and the reality is I really feel very a lot at dwelling there” – neither will he hear a phrase mentioned in opposition to the membership he joined as a seven-year-old.
He recollects the primary time he placed on the Valencia equipment simply earlier than going to coaching as a child.
“I bear in mind placing on the shirt then going into the lavatory 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 crew from my land and the crew that has given me every thing.”
However now Torres is aware of the time has come to depart the membership he has supported all his life.
He mentioned: “As a participant, I contemplate myself to be formidable, somebody that wishes to win, win win, and… as time passes and you are feeling you’re higher ready, then you definitely need to tackle better challenges, expertise a change of surroundings. Sure, I feel I’m prepared to take action.
“Inside I all the time assume that I’m one of the best, and that I need to be one of the best and I work to attempt to be one of the best. In case you do not consider your self that you’re one of the best, then no-one is ever going to consider that you’re.”
How did Torres get right here?
His talent and velocity have been apparent to everybody from the second he joined the membership as a boy.
He made his manner by way of the ranks and, very similar to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had accomplished earlier than him, spent most of his time taking part in in sides and leagues that includes kids a lot larger – and virtually all the time a minimum of two years older than him.
“I did undergo due to the massive bodily variations that existed,” he mentioned. “I used to be tiny compared to a number of the those who I might see have been absolutely shaped and I struggled to the purpose that I would depart crying.
“To enter challenges as a 14 or 15-year-old in opposition to robust 17 and 18-year-old males was laborious 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 laborious to absorb.”
He obtained information of his inclusion in Valencia’s first-team squad when taking part in for Spain on the 2017 Beneath-17 World Cup in India. On 16 December that yr, he grew to become the primary particular person born within the 2000s to play in La Liga as he made his league debut in opposition to Eibar.
What are his main strengths?
Torres’ recreation relies on blistering velocity, very good shut management and unpredictability in assault. A modern-day winger – he may play inside – he has an excellent change of tempo, could be very highly effective, regular with the ball at his toes and powerful within the air.
Comparisons are already being made to a younger Cristiano Ronaldo, a participant who he cites as his principal 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 comply with 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 simply imply understanding then I suppose it’s, though I by no means actually assume that I’ve identified what I’m going to do, however fairly simply accomplished in at that second.”
What’s he like off the pitch?
Torres can be sorely missed at Valencia not simply by the crew but in addition the followers who adore him as one among 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 must also be revered and so I spend no matter time is important to be with them,” he mentioned.
Till not too long ago, Torres was nonetheless residing along with his father in Foios, though he has since purchased himself an residence 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 schooling.
“On the finish of the day, these are the small particulars that we mustn’t ever lose, as a result of though it has nothing to do straight with soccer, it has helped, me a minimum of, to develop into the kind of person who I’m,” he mentioned.
His closest mates name him Ferri; Torres mentioned of them: “I’ve above all 4 mates that I’ve had all my life and with who I do virtually every thing, and the actual fact is we all the time keep involved with each other.
“Once I do issues badly, they inform me, and after I do effectively, they’re there to congratulate me, however greater than the rest I’m most grateful to them once they inform me in regards to the issues that I’ve accomplished unsuitable.”
He’s additionally extraordinarily keen on his two canine, 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 every thing. In actual fact we could not reside with out them. They’ve lived all of it with me. All the things we now have talked about they’ve lived with me,” he added.
There’s at the moment no discuss of romance for Torres. The primary lady in his life at current is his sister Arantxa, six years his senior.
Torres mentioned: “With my sister it is true that I’m far more open. Along with her I specific far more what I’m considering at that individual second. She is my confidante.
“She’s been by way of some very troublesome and complicated instances and she or he has confronted them and are available by way of them. She has her personal profession, her grasp’s diploma and that has an excellent advantage. She has all the time been super-protective of me.
“I feel that the explanation I get on so effectively together with her is as a result of she is aware of 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 is going to by no means ask me, however when I’ve any doubts about something or any sort of downside, the primary particular person I all the time go to is her.
“We have now a tattoo on our ankles – an anchor – through which are the phrases ‘I refuse to sink’. That is as a result of we now have gone by way of troublesome instances collectively and we now have all the time come by way of them and moved ahead.”
I requested him: why is the tattoo in English?
“I do not know,” he answered. “I feel it seems higher in English.”