Chelsea have offloaded a number of players in the past two years, but one player they cannot – or will not - sell is Fernando Torres.
The Spain international’s struggles at Stamford Bridge since his £50 million move from Liverpool in January 2011 have been well documented.
These days the 30-year-old is just another squad player at Chelsea; he is the third-choice striker behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, and was left out of the squad for the Blues’ Premier League clash against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
However, Chelsea Jose Mourinho insists that the former Atletico Madrid star will not be sold this summer.
‘I want him to stay’, BBC Sport quotes the Portuguese boss as saying. ‘He will play and score goals, and be very useful for us’.
Some might find it difficult to understand how Torres can be ‘very useful’ to Chelsea – after all, the Spaniard scored just five goals in 28 league matches last season.
What Torres will provide is cover for Costa and Drogba, and will be an important substitute. Mourinho wants three strikers in his squad to compete in all competitions, and unless a late replacement is signed (which now looks unlikely), Torres will not leave.
‘I want three strikers in the team’, he explained. ‘Sometimes I play with two, one on the bench, sometimes someone will be injured or suspended. I cannot do a season without three strikers’.
At 30, Torres has lost time to recover his Liverpool form and may just have to stay happy playing third fiddle to Costa and Drogba.
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