Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists that he won't run out of patience with Fernando Torres, and says the Spanish striker has a huge part to play at Stamford Bridge this season.

The 27-year-old returned to the Blues' starting line-up in the midweek Carling Cup defeat at the hands of his former club Liverpool, but looked a shadow of his former self, failing to make an impact on the game.

With just four Chelsea goals to his name this season - two of which coming in the UEFA Champions League - Torres has hardly set the world alight since his £50million move to west London in January.

But as Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, and Salomon Kalou all continue to be linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge in the transfer window, Villas-Boas will keep faith in Torres.

"I don't run out of patience with my players," he told Sky Sports. "We have to decide if we want to strengthen the squad or not.

"We'll have to see if we are approached by any club regarding our players, which can happen as well, and then make the wisest of decisions."

Drogba, Anelka, and Kalou will be out of contract at the end of the season, and so will be free to talk to other clubs about a potential transfer in January - a period where Villas-Boas is also expected to bolster his ranks in a bid to reignite Chelsea's title challenge.

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