Adriano Galliani denies Chelsea return for Fernando Torres in January

Adriano Galliani has admitted that Fernando Torres is unlikely to return to Chelsea in January.

Torres is currently loan in Milan, but he has scored just one goal in 10 games this season.

After failing to take to the field of play for any of the Rossoneri’s last three fixtures, it has been reported that the Italian side could be looking to cut short the Spanish forward’s two-year loan deal in January - less than a quarter into the original length of the contract.

However, Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has denied such rumours - with the 30-year-old unlikely to turn out for the Blues ever again - but the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the striker should his deal with the Italian giants be cut short.

Despite all the rumours, any potential move has not been confirmed by any member of the Milan staff, and vice-president Adriano Galliani all but denied a return to England, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport that he thinks any move will not occur in January, even with the ‘unpredictable’ state of the transfer market.

“I think that he will not go away, even if the market is unpredictable,” the 70-year-old said.

There appears to be faith on Galliani’s part that the former Atletico Madrid man can come good once again, with the club needing to show patience with him as he comes to terms with Italian football.

He continued: “Torres is unlucky, he had injuries and comes from a different league. You have to have patience. It is important and definitely will return.”

With Milan paying a large portion of Torres's wage, it is hard to see the Blues willing to get the deal cut short as they look to continue complying with Financial Fair Play following their wise transfer business completed over the summer.

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