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Fernando Torres is not a £50m striker, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested striker Fernando Torres has only been worth half of the British record transfer fee the Stamford Bridge club paid Liverpool for him.

Speaking after the goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday, Mourinho was quizzed as to whether Torres has been worth the £50million it took to secure his signature.

"He scored the goal that won the Europa League. That means some millions. He scored the goal against Everton that put Chelsea in the Champions League. That also means some millions," the Portuguese replied.

"It is not really £50million, maybe it is twenty and a half. He is doing his job. He did it again."

Torres was left on the bench in the match as the Chelsea boss experimented with using no recognised centre-forward, with Andre Schurrle the nominal striker in what was more of a front four.

It didn't yield much success, however, and Torres was eventually introduced with 30 minutes remaining.

The 29-year-old could make any impact after coming on and put in another disappointing display against one of the Premier League's bigger teams.

Mourinho is sure he needs another centre-forward at Stamford Bridge and had been heavily linked with United star Wayne Rooney, but admitted after the match that a deal was unlikely to happen unless the England striker forced it through in the next few days.

Anzhi Makhachkala forward Samuel Eto'o is reportedly close to joining Chelsea this week and he would bring a wealth of goalscoring experience.

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