Fernando Torres, the Chelsea striker who scored his first goal for the club in the 3-0 win over West Ham at the weekend, has indicated that he may leave Chelsea for Barcelona in the summer.
Torres, 27, endured 903 minutes of football before he finally netted against the Hammers, but, to celebrate, he has told friends that he will travel to the Spanish capital for a two-week break after the season has ended.
It's known el Nino (the kid) longs for the warmer climate and sandy beaches of his native Spain, and the Barcelona story appears to have substantial credibility after he was spotted in Oxford Street yesterday, shopping for a pair of flip-flops.
The Stamford Bridge club hastily released a statement on their website earlier to reassure fans that Torres would not be leaving the club to sign for FC Barcelona, but would just be going there 'on holiday'. It read:
"Fernando Torres has been a major failure. We expected much more from him, and his signing has been a huge disappointment, after the fantastic performances he put in whilst with Liverpool FC. Despite this, we wish to assure supporters of Chelsea that the Spanish Donkey, as he is known on the training ground, is merely going to Barcelona on holiday, although we wish he would stay there permanently."