Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has today confirmed that the Merseyside club have turned down a £65 million bid from Real Madrid for Fernando Torres. The Spanish giants have been spending massive sums of money all summer on some of world football’s biggest names, however they have failed in their attempts to bring Torres to the Bernabeu.
Since arriving at Anfield back in 2007, Torres has scored an impressive 50 goals for Liverpool, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite in the process. The 25-year old is now widely recognised as one of the best strikers in the world and some would argue that he is worth more than the £65 million Real Madrid offered.
Benitez had this to say about the bid : “We always knew when a bid came we’d say no because the main thing was the player wanted to stay. People know the player wanted to stay here but it did not stop them trying. Football has changed and there is big, big money around – but we still have the same idea to keep the spine of the team and work hard for next season. We wanted to send a message that we are strong and want to improve. We don’t want to lose any of our big players.”
There is no doubt that Liverpool would be far worse off without Torres and I’m sure all you Liverpool fans will be delighted to see that Benitez isn’t one bit interested in cashing in on one of his most prized assets. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks Real Madrid’s summer spending is getting a bit ridiculous, so I’m glad that Liverpool have decided to stand up to them and say no.