Fernando Torres has revealed Chelsea made their move for him long before the close of the January transfer window as he promised Liverpool fans the full story behind his controversial Anfield exit.
The Blues' record-breaking swoop for Torres looked to have been a classic smash-and-grab affair, with the £50million deal sealed shortly before Monday's 11pm deadline and only four days after the Reds confirmed they had rejected a £35million bid for the striker.
But Torres revealed during his unveiling as a Chelsea player at a jam-packed press conference that he learnt Chelsea had approached Liverpool "10 days or 12 days" before the window shut.
Torres also confirmed that was the point when he told the Reds hierarchy he wanted to leave, which was at least a week before he submitted a written transfer request.
"As soon as I knew that Liverpool and Chelsea were talking about that, I told them then that the decision was made and I would like them to talk seriously about the possibility," he said.
Torres revealed upon signing for Chelsea that it was last summer when he began to feel he needed to move on, when his new club reportedly had another bid for him rejected.
That fuelled speculation the Spaniard had not been fully committed this season but he said today: "I never lost my ambition. Too many people are talking about that, but it's just their opinions."