Mourinho Insists Torres Is Staying
Jose Mourinho has once again insisted that Spaniard Fernando Torres is not going anywhere despite transfer rumours linking him with several clubs across Europe. Torres has struggled for form since moving to Chelsea almost 3 years ago. It is looking highly unlikely that he will rediscover the kind of goal scoring touch that made him feared across the world by opposition defenders. It is thought that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has also given up on Torres becoming a world-class striker once again. Torres is widely believed to have been a pet signing of the Russian.
A change of scenery is likely to help Torres rediscover his form. He has been linked with clubs like Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and Roma in the last few weeks. After the arrival of Diego Costa, Torres is likely to be the second striker while the presence of Drogba adds more threat to his position in the team. However, he has received backing from manager Jose Mourinho, who still sees Torres has an important part of the team. Mourinho has witnessed first-hand the astronomical dip in form experienced by the 30-year-old, who missed several open goals during the club’s pre-season friendly matches.
Atletico Madrid recently ruled out making an offer for Torres, but they are said to be monitoring the situation nonetheless.
“No. Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers – Fernando, Didier and Diego, so one of them is not [going] for sure,” said Mourinho. “Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito [Hernández] are on our agenda. If we sign another player, it won’t be any of them,” said Atletico Madrid president when quizzed about the club’s interest in bringing back Torres to the Vicente Calderon. Torres was the captain of Atletico Madrid for several years.