Mourinho says Torres has future at Stamford Bridge, gives injury update

Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's Premier League game with Stoke City tomorrow evening at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended Fernando Torres after he left the Spaniard out of the starting line-up in their Champions League defeat to PSG in midweek.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their Premier League match with Stoke this weekend, Mourinho emphasised that Torres is a good professional that gives his all for the team, and that he has a future at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “He's contracted and a good professional. He works hard for the team and brings 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 that."

The Blues boss seemed to rubbish reports in the media this morning suggesting the club may have to sell one of Hazard and Oscar to improve the side given the restriction of Financial FairPlay.

He added: “We do what we can but for sure we are not going to do what we do by selling the best players.”

Mourinho has said that John Obi Mikel and Samuel Eto’o will miss this weekend’s clash with Stoke through injury but Ashley Cole returns to the squad after a minor ligament problem.

Also, with his side now two points behind Liverpool in the title race, Mourinho emphasised it’s a season about rebuilding and evolving the side, and to get themselves closer to the top of the table than in recent seasons.

“I keep saying to you Chelsea are in a process of rebuilding a new team with conditions not to finish 20 or 25 points behind first place. We don’t want to compete in the Europa league, we want to compete in the Champions League. We do that with stability.”

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