It’s fair to say that since joining Manchester City from Valencia last summer, Ferran Torres has not looked back.

The youngster was something of an inauspicious signing by City last year, who took advantage of the delicate situation at Valencia to get themselves a bargain.

That is certainly what the Spaniard has proven to be, with 15 goals and four assists in 42 games, an excellent return thus far.

Indeed, this season is looking likely to be a big one for the 21-year-old, who seems destined to benefit from the absence of a real number nine in Manchester City’s squad.

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While they are undoubtedly delighted to have him, the same cannot be said at Valencia, where they were disappointed to lose him and remain saddened to see him starring at the Etihad.

Torres is very much one of their own, so much so that president Anil Murthy is now using the Manchester City star as an example for the next batch of youngsters coming through at the club.

“In our VCF Academy, we train players with the aim of reaching the first team and becoming stars, but in the end, not all of them make it,” El Desmarque report him saying.

“Some don’t end up as professionals in the world of football, but we train people, we have courses at Mas Camarena, and we invest in people. We have many examples.

“Ferran Torres, for example, is a star at Manchester City and in the Spanish national team… He is a player trained at the VCF Academy.

“In the Spanish national team, for example, we have five players trained at the VCF Academy.

“What we want, through this relationship that we have with you through the ESCOLES VCF project, is to work together to get the best players, at Valencia CF they will fulfil their dreams.”