Sturridge unfazed by Torres
Bolton loan star to challenge for starting berth at parent club
Last Updated: March 19, 2011 2:06pm
Sturridge: Making an impression at Bolton
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge does not feel threatened by the £50million January arrival of Fernando Torres.
The highly-rated young striker is currently on loan at Bolton, where he has netted four goals in five games, but he is adamant his future lies with the Blues.
Sturridge claims he had to force the temporary switch to the Reebok Stadium in order to prove to his employers he can cut it at the top when in a regular role.
"I was the one that initiated the loan because I wanted to play regularly, but the club weren't willing to let me go on loan," Sturridge told the Daily Telegraph.
"They said I wasn't allowed to but I had to kind of force the issue.
"I really don't think Torres coming in affects me. Didier [Drogba] and Nico [Anelka] are fantastic players too and I can't wait to get back.
"Bolton are giving me the opportunity and the stage to show what I can do and I'm loving playing under Owen Coyle.
"When I do go back to Chelsea I'm not going to be worrying about anyone who is at the club.
"I want to show Chelsea that I can play at this level week after week and I can handle it."
Chelsea have paid Manchester City £5million in compensation since signing Sturridge in 2009 after the 21-year-old ran his contract down, and he has no regrets over the move.
"The reason I thought, and the reason I still think it is the right club, is because the opportunities will come," he said.