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Marcelino baffled by Valencia claims from Man City winger Torres: I always treated him well

Former Valencia coach Marcelino insists he never had a problem with Manchester City winger Ferran Torres.

Marcelino introduced Torres to first team football at VCF before the midfielder's summer switch to City.

Torres had spent his entire career with Valencia, having joined the club's juniors at the age of six. Torres made his first team debut at the age of 17 three years ago with Los Che - and would become the first player born in the 2000s to play in the LaLiga that same year in 2017.

Marcelino helped bring Torres through at Valencia, but the youngster didn't always appreciate the man-management of his old coach.

Indeed, Torres hinted at tension between the pair earlier this season when stating: "I wish him the best, but if we coincide again, he will treat me in a different way."

The comments have since surprised Marcelino, who was pushed out of Valencia last season.

Asked for response, Marcelino told Onda Cero via Marca: "I don't know what he is referring to. In personal treatment I have been close, demanding, talkative and I have tried to advise him as best as possible.

"I think he would rather mean that he thought he should have played with me more or that and I should have put him in more. I think it's more in that sense than on a personal level."

Torres hasn't looked back since joining City, making 15 appearances so far this season, scoring six goals and creating two assists.


- updated December 15

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