“This is Spain, a team who can put six past Germany, and the final result could have been much bigger. It was 6-0 but it could have been more.”
There is undoubted delight among City’s hierarchy that Torres was plucked from under the noses of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The former had tracked him closely through his final season at the Mestalla while Barcelona are understood to have turned down two opportunities to add him to their roster, in 2017 and again this summer.
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But after Torres has both repaid the faith and rubbed salt in those wounds with four goals for both club and country this season, it is the possibilities for his development as a goalscorer which are exciting the club.
Guardiola is likely to persist with Torres as a right-sided forward – good news for City but bad news for Ryad Mahrez – between now and the end of the season.
But with Aguero out of contract in the summer and Jesus still yet to convince critics that he is capable of stepping into the Argentinian’s shoes, Torres could be converted.
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