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Still hope for Torres at Chelsea?



The Chelsea manager insists that Fernando Torres has a future at Chelsea but he needs to see much more from the £50million man.


Despite costing Chelsea a British record £50million from Liverpool in 2011, Mourinho opted for a striker-less starting line-up in Wednesdays’ 3-1 defat to PSG. The Spaniard has a meagre 44 goals to his name in 164 appearances- 9 goals in 33 appearances this season. It seemed like Mourinho had lost patience with him, however the manager has said: “Does he have a future? Yes, he has. He is under contract, he’s a good professional. He works hard for the team, he brings positive things to the team.”


“Obviously, we want him to score more goals. Obviously, he wants to score more goals. It’s not just me that wants. People that give everything they have you never can blame and you never can complain. When he’s on the pitch he tries to do his best. Obviously we want more. He’s the first one that wants more, but he’s the kind of player I respect, he deserves to be respected and there’s nothing more you can say about it.”




Under UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations Chelsea are unable to spend the same amount of money on players as they have done in previous seasons – unless they are able to raise the funds by selling players. However, Mourinho has been strongly linked with Athletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The signing of Nemanja Matic and Mohammed Salah were funded by sales of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne and Mourinho believes Chelsea can spend £50million of another player


“I think Chelsea can’t do that with four or five players and bring in the investment for £200m or £250m, but Chelsea can do that with one player. That is the work Chelsea is doing and I think that’s possible for Chelsea, yes.”


With Samuel Eto departing at the end of the season and Torres and Lukaku perhaps looking for a move away, Chelsea will certainly be on the hunt for a world class striker during the summer transfer window – with Diego Costa and Edison Cavani both topping Mourinho’s summer shortlist.


Nayl Gilani





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