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Fernando Torres puts Roy Hodgson talks on hold

David Villa and Cesc Fabregas celebrate for Spain

Highlights - Paraguay 0-1 Spain

Liverpool's Spanish international striker Fernando Torres will talk with the club's new manager Roy Hodgson about his future after the World Cup.

Torres, 26, has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Chelsea.

But having missed the final stages of the Premier League season after knee surgery, he has yet to score in South Africa and has looked off the pace.

"I've an important week and after that I'll have time to talk with Hodgson and talk about my future," he said.

Despite Torres' stuttering form, the European champions have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history and will meet Germany in Durban on Wednesday.

Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez signed Torres from Atletico Madrid in 2007 for £20m, but left Anfield last month to join Inter Milan.

Since then Hodgson has taken over the reins at Anfield with the former Fulham boss saying he hoped he could hang onto his star players.

You should not necessarily take my words to mean that he is definitely going to be starting [the Germany match] but we have full confidence in him

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque

"I was happy Hodgson got the job," added Torres. "I haven't had a chat with him yet but I will talk with him soon and we will see his ideas about the future.

"For now, my future is here. South Africa and the World Cup is too important to think about things after that."

Torres appearances at the World Cup have come after an injury-hit season with Liverpool.

In April he had an operation on a torn cartilage in his right knee and had already been sidelined for a month after another knee operation in January. He also struggled with a groin injury before Christmas.

"It is a difficult tournament for me because my fitness is not the best but I am improving every game," said Torres, who scored 22 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season.

"I am happy for the things I did in the game against Paraguay in the quarter-finals and in the last game as well. I am feeling better but I still have to improve - obviously.

"I have to accept my role in this tournament. I didn't arrive in the best moment especially in terms of fitness especially after two lots of surgery.

"But I am happy with the things I am doing and hopefully the manager and the team are as well."

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On Sunday, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hedged his bets as to whether Torres, who scored the winning goal in their Euro 2008 final victory over Germany, would start Wednesday's semi-final.

"He continues to be an important player for us and one that the other squad members are used to," said Del Bosque.

"All strikers go through good and bad runs but he brings his work rate and his personality to the team and he is still our forward.

"You should not necessarily take my words to mean that he is definitely going to be starting [the Germany match] but we have full confidence in him."



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see also
Spain must improve, admits coach
03 Jul 10 |  World Cup 2010
Torres out for rest of the season
19 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
Hodgson named new Liverpool boss
01 Jul 10 |  Liverpool
Benitez appointed Inter manager
10 Jun 10 |  Europe
Liverpool complete Torres signing
04 Jul 07 |  Europe


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