Mourinho wants to keep Torres

Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres is part of his plans at Chelsea and that the striker has not told him he wants to leave.

Last Updated: 29/08/14 at 19:44 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager wants to keep Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager wants to keep Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Torres has been linked with several clubs over the summer, and AC Milan are understood to have agreed a fee with the Blues for the Spaniard as they seek replacement for Mario Balotelli after his move to Liverpool.

But Mourinho says he will need the 30-year-old to play a part in the Blues’ bid for trophies this season and would be reluctant to sell him so late in the summer transfer window.

"What we have clear is that we need three strikers to face the season,” said Mourinho. “He is one of them.

"I like him as a person. I like him as a player. If he wants to leave it is something he didn't say to me. At the moment he is our player, nothing more than that.

"If he wants to leave I believe it is because he wants to try a new life, a new club, a new league. If he wants to leave I believe it is to try and be happier than he was in the last couple of years.

“This is a very human club in the way it tries to approach these situations. If he comes to us then any possibility will be analysed.”

The current transfer window is due to close on September 1, which would limit the amount of time available to Mourinho to source and sign a replacement if he did allow Torres to leave.

The Chelsea boss is happy with the squad he has in place and is making no plans to make any adjustments to it.

“If that happens in the last hour of the market then we are in trouble because at the moment we are doing nothing,” he said. “We believe that the market is closed for us and we like our squad. It is not the perfect one because not a single squad is.

“But at this moment we are ready for the market to close and for us to start on September 1 with the squad we have at this time.”

Torres could be in the frame to play at Everton on Saturday, although an injury scare will not prevent Diego Costa making the trip to Goodison Park as part of the squad.

Watch Everton v Chelsea live on Sky Sports 1 this Saturday. Coverage begins at 4.45pm

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company