Torres ready to commit to Liverpool

Fernando Torres has hinted he is ready to commit his long-term future to Liverpool after revealing how much he loves life at Anfield.

Torres has been touched by the affection shown to him by Liverpool fans since moving to Merseyside from Atletico Madrid in 2007. The 25-year-old, who has scored 47 times in almost two seasons with the Reds, is idolised just as much as local heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and is keen to repay their faith.

It is believed Torres is in the early stages of negotiations over a contract extension and a new deal could be concluded in the close-season. "I would love to remain at Liverpool for many seasons to come. I feel at home here. I still have this season plus another four years left to run on my contract," Torres said on his website F9T

I would love to remain at Liverpool for many seasons to come. I feel at home here.
Fernando Torres

"The club has been brilliant with me and I owe the fans a lot. They took to me as if I was one of their own. They treat me in the same way they do Gerrard or Carragher, it is unbelievable. I hope to repay their warmth by giving them a Premier League title because it has been a long time since the club last won the league.

"I do not have a buy-out clause in my contract, you do not get them in England. Both teams have to reach an agreement before a player can leave his club to sign for another."

Spain striker Torres certainly won't be joining Real Madrid if he ever does quit Anfield. He is regarded as an Atletico icon after his spell at Real's city rivals and dismissed any suggestion he could one day play at the Bernabeu.

"Real Madrid are not the biggest team in the game. They are a big club but so are Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan," he said. "It is not a team that interests me and, because of the time I spent at Atletico Madrid, the opposite could be said. I just cannot see myself playing for Real Madrid.

"In a few years' time I would like to play in Serie A. I would then have played in the three biggest leagues in European football: Spain, England and Italy."