‘Fernando Torres is not going anywhere’. That’s the message that Jose Mourinho wants to send to the Chelsea fans.
The Spain international striker has been nothing less than a disappointment since his move from Liverpool for £50 million in January and has been linked with a switch to Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The 30-year-old striker is clearly past his best and made just 17 Premier League starts in the 2013-14 season, scoring five goals and providing five assists in the process. Chelsea will sign at least two centre-forwards before next season and the former Atletico man is expected to be part of a summer clearout.
However, Mourinho has now come out and said that Torres is in his plans for next season.
‘Yes, he's in my plans’ the Portuguese manager told Sky Sports. ‘He's a good player... He is a player that I like, a player that the club respects and we are happy to have him next season, no problem’.
Torres has always been committed to the Chelsea cause and has contributed as much as he can. Perhaps he himself knows that he is not the same player he was at Liverpool, but he has done what all managers at Stamford Bridge have asked him to do.
However, with players to be signed in the summer, the Spaniard will not be a first-team regular next season. There are no signs that he will actually recover some of the form he showed at Liverpool and warming the bench is unlikely to help him maintain his confidence in himself.
Perhaps it would be best if Torres finds some other club where he can kickstart his career. He is only 30 and he still has a few more years of football left in him.