Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

Jose Mourinho insists that his decision to leave Fernando Torres out of his matchday squad for Chelsea's 2-0 win over Leicester City today does not represent the end of the striker's career at Stamford Bridge.

Torres has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea following the club's summer acquisitions of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba and was not included in Mourinho's squad for the Premier League game.

The striker has been linked with an exit, with AC Milan the latest club to be credited with holding an interest. But Mourinho insists Torres continues to have a future at Chelsea.

"I want him to stay. He will play and score goals, and be very useful for us", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.


"The reason is I decided to keep the same team, to have a bench with a complete balance. Sometimes I can have two strikers on the bench, sometimes I can't.


"I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I play with two, one on the bench, sometimes someone will be injured or suspended. I cannot do a season without three strikers."

Chelsea's win over Leicester was their second consecutive Premier League victory, giving the Blues a 100 per cent record in the league so far.

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