José Mourinho has confirmed that Fernando Torres will stay at Chelsea next season. The £50 million striker has been heavily linked with an exit with the likes of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid showing a lot of interest.
This has been one of Torres’ toughest league campaigns, but he did end the season on a positive note after scoring a match winner against Cardiff City in the 2-1 win on Sunday. Mourinho has stated through the season that Chelsea would have won the league if we had a more clinical striker. He accepted after the Cardiff match that Torres may not be that clinical striker, but he is happy with all other aspects of the Spaniard’s game.
Speaking after our final match of the season, Mourinho said:
“Yes, he’s in my plans. He’s a good player.
“I keep saying the same – Fernando is not the kind of player that with half a chance, he scores a goal. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to score goal after goal.
“But the way he works, the way he moves, the work he contributes for the team… he is a player that I like, a player that the club respects and we are happy to have him next season, no problem.”
After several dropped points against teams from the bottom of the table, the Cardiff match threatened to become a similar story after Craig Bellamy scored with a heavily deflected shot.
Andre Schurrle got the equaliser, while Torres scored the winner a few minutes later.
Despite Mourinho’s comments, Torres could still leave Chelsea. After all, it was the same Portuguese manager who suggested several months ago that he was certain Juan Mata would stay at the club.
Chelsea are widely thought to have sealed the deal to bring in Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for around £40 million.