Fernando Torres remains hopeful Chelsea will be able to secure the acquisition of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United before the transfer deadline, with the Spaniard keen to partner the latter in west London.
Chelsea have failed in two formal approaches to bring Rooney to Stamford Bridge, with Manchester United adamant the striker will not be sold - despite claims he submitted a transfer request at the end of last season.
The England international, however, now appears content to stay at Old Trafford given the faith from David Moyes and reception from the fans in Monday's meeting with Chelsea, but Torres still has hope that the player will become a Blue.
"Chelsea always want the best players and Rooney is one of them," Torres told Bild. "I admire him and it would be great to play alongside him."
Rooney played the entire 90 minutes for Manchester United during the goalless draw with Chelsea, but the same cannot be said of Torres, with his initial exclusion raising more questions about his future with the club.
Jose Mourinho opted to start with Andre Schurrle, not a recognised central striker, as the lone forward ahead of Torres, and did not bring the Spain international into proceedings until 60 minutes had elapsed.
The arrival of Samuel Eto'o at Stamford Bridge has led to further speculation that Torres could be sold before the deadline next Monday.