Ferran Torres has admitted that the lure of playing under Xavi at Barcelona was the primary reason for his January departure from Manchester City.

The 22-year-old joined Barça for a fee of around €55m plus add-ons, returning to Spain just 18 months after he’d joined City from Valencia.

Torres’ first season at the Etihad Stadium was disrupted by injury yet he still managed a respectable return of 13 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions, and established himself as a starter for Spain heading into the delayed Euro 2020.

But after breaking a bone in his foot while on international duty in October, Torres, who started the 2021/22 season as Manchester City‘s central striker, was unable to muscle his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans, and Barcelona swooped in to take him to Camp Nou despite their financial woes.

The Spaniard has now told El Partizado de Cope why he opted to move back to La Liga, revealing the role Xavi had on his decision as well as his preference to play on the wing instead of up front.

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