Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea must sell Didier Drogba if they want the best out of Fernando Torres.
The £50million signing from Liverpool has had a poor first year of his career at Stamford Bridge and Ancelotti thinks he needs more space, report Sky Sports.
Ancelotti expressed sympathy for new Blues Andre Villas-Boas, but warned Drogba’s presence would impinge any progress Torres could make.
“What I would say is training Chelsea, when the club is in the middle of a major generational change, is complicated,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Take Torres and the crisis he has lived through there. I now know if you decide to invest strongly in him, you have to sell Drogba.
“Didier is like Filippo Inzaghi was at AC Milan. He simply devours any competition.
“It's not that he's evil - nor was Inzaghi - it's just the way they are.”
Drogba is currently away with Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations and Ancelotti’s theory seems to have evidence to support it.
Torres has only just started to show some of his best form since his team-mate’s departure and with a guaranteed run of starts ahead of him he has an opportunity to regain some rhythm.
Chelsea are unlikely to find a deal for Drogba in January but his contract runs out at the end of the season and he is expected to move on.