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Fernando Torres 'has no future at Chelsea'

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Ex-Chelsea star Ray Wilkins has been very critical of Fernando Torres, claiming that the striker 'has no future' at the club.

Torres started last night's Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Paris-Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes from the substitute's bench - despite an injury to first-choice forward Samuel Eto'o - and drew criticism from Jose Mourinho after an yet another ineffectual performance from the substitute's bench.

And while Chelsea fans have largely stuck with Torres through his struggles after his big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in 2011, it now appears as if people's patience are wearing somewhat thin.

“Torres has no future at Chelsea,” Wilkins - who represented the Blues between 1973-79 and has also had multiple spells at the club as assistant manager and caretaker boss - told talkSPORT.

“I think he has seen his time out there. He moved from a Liverpool side where he was so successful as an individual to Chelsea, where the style of play is so different.

"He needs the space in behind people in which to run. He needs to make those runs though. He needs to make the players find him."

And while it is certainly fair to say that Torres - who established a reputation as one of the most formidable goalscorers on the planet with Atletico Madrid and Liverpool - has shown glimpses of quality during his three year stint at Chelsea, Wilkins evidently believes that is up to him to try and remedy his problems.

“Sometimes it is down to the individual. He needs to try and make something happen.”

If indeed Mourinho does decide to dispense of Torres' services this summer, it appears that there won't be a shortage of potential suitors with former club Atletico, Serie A giants Inter Milan, Tottenham and Turkish champions Galatasaray having all been credited with an interest in the 30-year-old who reportedly earns around £150,000-a-week at Chelsea.

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