Milan president wants Torres in the team

There are reports in Italy that AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has demanded that Fernando Torres get a place in the first team.

Fernando Torres is struggling to assert himself at AC Milan, but it appears that he has a useful ally in the form of club chief Silvio Berlusconi.

When Torres joined Milan on a two-year loan deal from Chelsea there were high hopes, but he hasn't been able to find his shooting boots in Serie A with four starts and just one goal.

Torres was dropped for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Fiorentina and only got a 10-minute run as a substitute.

But the former Liverpool marksman may be started against Cagliari tomorrow evening and Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that the decision is down to president Berlusconi.

The newspaper suggests that at half time against Fiorentina, Berlusconi told coach Pippo Inzaghi that he wanted to see Torres lead the line.

Jeremy Menez could be sent to the bench even though the Frenchman has been on better form than Torres this season.

Berlusconi remains a hugely powerful figure at Milan and any coach who stands up against him risks being axed. Torres will do well to stay on the right side of the former Italian Prime Minister.

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