Barcelona finally announced the signing of Ferran Torres on Tuesday and then promptly confirmed the 21-year-old is unavailable for selection as he’s still recovering from a foot injury. Soccer betting on the young players of Barcelona is going to be an exciting decision.
Torres passed a medical on Monday, which showed his fracture is healing well, but he’s not ready for a return to first-team action yet. He will be out for two weeks as per the medical staff of the Spanish club. On Tuesday, Torres did train with his new teammates as Xavi’s men returned to action after the festive break and began preparations for their first La Liga game of 2022 at Real Mallorca on January 2.
Torres aims to make his debut in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12. The game takes place after La Liga fixtures against Real Mallorca and Granada and the Copa del Rey tie with Linares.
The former Valencia striker has been out since October when he fractured a foot playing for Spain against Italy in the Nations League. The 21-year-old scored both of Spain’s goals in a 2-1 win that sent Luis Enrique’s team through to the final.
The Spanish media reported that Barcelona would pay around 55 million euros for the player, with a further 10 million euros in add-ons. Torres has signed a contract until June 2027, and the Spain international will have a release clause of 1 billion euros. He will be officially presented as a Barcelona player on Monday, January 3.
After signing the contract, he spoke to Barca TV and expressed his excitement and happiness. He said: “I’m so happy to join this great club. I hope to continue to grow as a football player and a person while helping Barca to be who they are, one of the best clubs in the world.
“I’m very happy to be here. I think this is a big step in my career in order to continue improving, to continue scoring goals, to grow up as a player and as a person. It is a club that is happy with my arrival, and I am looking forward to being with this team.
He also showed his respect and admiration for Xavi and how eagerly he is waiting to play under the guidance of Xavi. He added: “I already know about the career Xavi had as a player. It’s exquisite. Now, as a coach, he is just as good. He is just starting, but I know he is the kind of quality coach who can help me in my growth to get better, and I am looking forward to being able to work with him.”
Under Pep, Torres had rapid growth, and now Barca can utilise the immense talent of the Spanish player. His versatility for playing in all the three different positions in the front will be a massive relief for Xavi.