Is Mourinho bluffing over Torres stay?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that striker Fernando Torres will be allowed to stay at Stamford Bridge, as the returning coach believes he can get the best out of him.

The ‘special one’ believes he can ‘help’ Torres who has endured a torrid time with form and confidence since his arrival at Chelsea back in 2011. The Spanish striker has scored just 16 goals over the course of three Premier League seasons with the Blues.

He was originally brought in by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti in the January transfer window of 2011 from Liverpool – back then his form at Anfield was admirable. He scored 22 goals in 32 appearances for the Reds in 2009/10 under Rafael Benitez.

His tally in his debut season in the Premier League was an impressive 33 goals across all competitions – that is the player Chelsea paid £50 million. What they got, ultimately, was a shadow of that player.

Torres never really hit his stride for the Blues – he has worked with three different coaches at Stamford Bridge since his arrival and not one of them, even Rafael Benitez last term, could revive his previous form.

As we head into the transfer window next month, Chelsea are linked with potential signings of Edinson Cavani and Stevan Jovetic who they’ll be looking to come in and finally offer them a genuine replacement for Didier Drogba who left last summer.

Drogba’s record for the Blues at his peak was over 30 goals per season – in fact his lowest tally in all of his eight terms with Chelsea was 13 goals. That is the minimum Chelsea will be expecting from whoever comes in to spearhead their attack next term.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho is unlikely to change how the fans feel about Torres. He has never really repaid their faith and patience in him. Perhaps Mourhino really can help Torres. It would certainly take something special from the ‘special one.’ He claims that is a challenge he wishes to undertake.

"He's more than happy to stay and work hard and I think he deserves that respect from me, especially, and also the club,” said the Portuguese coach.

"If the best for all of us is for Fernando to stay, let's help him and try to get the best out of him."

Perhaps Mourinho is just bluffing because he knows the club will not recoup their £50 million on the player and he’s hoping if he claims he wants to keep Torres, that will ensure the club at least gets something in the way of a fee for him. Or, perhaps he really does believe he can turn him around – wouldn’t that be some special?

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