Ferran Torres, the 23-year-old forward for FC Barcelona, finds himself at a critical moment in his career. Although he has a contract with the club until 2027, several possible transfer rumors suggest him leaving this summer. There’s fierce competition for a starting position under Xavi Hernández. Furthremore, there is the need for the club to generate revenue and balance its salary mass by selling off high-value players. Therefore, Torres’ name is often mentioned in this context. According to recent reports from TalkSport, he may be a possible target for Aston Villa. Mateu Alemany will be heading after leaving Barcelona and where Unai Emery is already coaching.
However, the truth is that Torres does not want to leave Barça at the moment. He and his inner circle are aware that he is considered a potential transfer target. But he does not feel compelled to leave. Torres made a long-term commitment to the club. He knows that he would face stiff competition. That’s just what happens at big clubs.
A Thorn in Torres’ Side
However, Torres has a thorn in his side. When he joined the team in the winter of 2021 and again last summer, he was unable to train with his teammates due to a couple of unfortunate injuries. In October 2021, when Barça had already expressed interest in him for the next winter transfer market, Torres suffered a fracture in his right foot during the Nations League with the Spanish national team. Two and a half months after his injury, when he was about to be registered for the winter transfer market, the Valencian was still recovering. As a result, when he made his debut on January 12, 2022, he was still struggling with his fitness.
Missing Out on Preseason
The same thing happened last summer when it was revealed just before Barça’s North American tour that Ferran Torres had suffered a nasty cut on the sole of his right foot. As a result, he missed the friendly matches against Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Miami, and New York Red Bull, as well as the Gamper Trophy against Mexican side Pumas.
With these precedents in mind, Torres hopes to have a proper preseason this summer. He wants to be healthy and fight for a starting position alongside his teammates. It remains to be seen if Xavi, once they have secured the league title, will communicate whether he counts on Torres for the upcoming season. That’s not impossible. But Torres’ plan is to remain at Barça. He wants to begin the preseason on equal footing with the rest of the players. If the club presents him with other options, he will decide, but for now, his thoughts are set on staying put. He is aware that he may have a market and that his time at Manchester City may have given him a profile in England, even to Aston Villa. However, at present, these are merely conjectures and rumors.
Several Examples of Resilience
Ferran Torres has witnessed Frenkie de Jong’s situation up close and knows that football is constantly changing. Someone who is not counted on today can turn the situation around and become an essential player. He also saw how Luuk de Jong went from being reviled to being celebrated at Camp Nou. And how Dembélé went from being in the stands to being a regular under Xavi.