By ANTONY KASTRINAKIS
FERNANDO TORRES last night vowed to stay at Chelsea until at least 2016.
The Spanish hitman has struggled to live up to his British-record £50million price tag since joining from Liverpool in January 2011.
It has led to speculation in Spain he might return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid in the summer.
But Torres, 29, insists he wants to see out his Blues contract.
He said: “I’ve never hidden that I am grateful because Atletico gave me many things, but the reality is I am in another team and I have three more years on my contract.
“I have a lot of things to give to Chelsea and many things to prove to myself before returning home.
“Right now, returning to Atletico is not a reality.”
Torres has managed 29 goals in 116 appearances in just over two years at Stamford Bridge.
But he wants to see out his deal and prove Blues owner Roman Abramovich was correct to make him the most expensive signing in British football history.
Torres scored a brace in the 3-1 Europa League quarter-final first-leg win over Rubin Kazan on Thursday night — taking his tally for this season to 19 goals.
His poor form for Chelsea meant he lost his place in Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad.
But Torres vowed to fight to get back in the fold ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Blues star added: “I hope to be able to return to the national team.
“The first step is to do well at my club and that will give me more options of returning.
“I want to do well in order to return. We have a lot to win and many joys to give people and many tournaments to play with this generation.
“Of course getting back in to the national team is one of my objectives.”