Monday Kickoff: Torres' Chelsea future in doubt, Berbatov wants out, and more

Monday Kickoff: Torres' Chelsea future in doubt, Berbatov wants out, and more

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Monday Kickoff: Torres' Chelsea future in doubt, Berbatov wants out, and more


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Fernando Torres may have been celebrating winning the Champions League with Chelsea this past weekend, but his future with the club is up in the air after he expressed severe disappointment in not starting in the final.

Torres said being on the bench at the start of Chelsea's game versus Bayern Munich this past Saturday was possibly the biggest disappointment in his life. And he added that despite being happy about winning one of the biggest prizes in club soccer, he does not feel comfortable with the role he currently has with the club.

The Spanish striker was used primarily off the bench this season by head coaches Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo, with both preferring to start Didier Drogba. Torres, who signed with Chelsea for $80 million in January 2011, scored six goals this season.

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If the writing on the wall was not indicating Dimitar Berbatov's time at Manchester United is nearing its end, it is now. Berbatov has expressed publicly his desire to leave the club which finished in second place in the Premier League this season after playing in just 21 games across all competitions this campaign. The Bulgarian striker, who admits frustration because of his lack of playing time, is linked with moves to Lazio and Liverpool.


Spain have summoned a pair of Champions League winners to their squad ahead of friendlies versus Serbia and South Korea, adding Fernando Torres and Juan Mata from Chelsea. Both players were initially not on Vicente Del Bosque's 21-man roster, but so were players from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao due to their club commitments. The duo, who just helped Chelsea win the Champions League trophy this past Saturday, will join their Spanish teammates on May 25. Both will be looking to make the final roster for Spain, who is aiming to repeat as champions of Europe this summer after winning the Euros in 2008.


Andres Villas-Boas may be making a quick return to the Premiership. The former Chelsea head coach is being considered the favorite for the vacant Liverpool position, but he will not be rushed into a decision about whether to take the job or not. Kenny Daglish was dimissed last week after enduring a disappointing campaign with Liverpool.


What do you think of Torres' future with Chelsea? Where do you see Berbatov landing? Think Torres and Mata will make the final 23-man roster for Spain?

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