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Torres vows to stay at Liverpool

Fernando Torres
Torres has no desire to leave Liverpool

Fernando Torres has pledged his long-term future to Liverpool.

The 25-year-old Spain striker had been touted as a target for Manchester United once Cristiano Ronaldo completes his £80m move to Real Madrid.

But Torres said: "I'm very happy with my contract and wouldn't leave just to earn a little more somewhere else where I wouldn't be that happy.

"To want any more would be greedy and that is not me. As long as Liverpool want me, I will stay."

Torres, in South Africa with the Spain squad for the Confederations Cup, added: "Winning the European Championship with Spain gave me a taste of what winning at the top level was like and once you've had a taste of success it becomes an addiction."

He recently signed improved terms on his current contract which runs until 2013, with the option for a further year at the end of that deal.

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Torres added: "A lot of players committed themselves to Liverpool this summer with new contracts and players don't do that unless they think they can have their ambitions met.

"There is a lot of belief at the club and a lot of trust in the manager. I sincerely believe I will win the Premier League and the Champions League here. The winning tradition is very clear at Liverpool. I want to be involved in a little piece of their history."

The Liverpool future of Torres' team-mates Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano are not as clear as they continue to be linked with moves away from Anfield.

Alonso is a long-time target for Real Madrid, and when asked in South Africa whether he would be disappointed to still be at Liverpool next season, he replied: "I cannot answer that. I have already said everything."

It is understood Alonso's relationship with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez became strained last summer after he tried to sell him to fund his failed bid to sign then Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry.

Mascherano, meanwhile, has emerged as a potential target for Champions League winners Barcelona.



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