Jose Mourinho says there is a place in his Chelsea squad for Fernando Torres next season.
The striker has had another forgettable season at Stamford Bridge, scoring just five goals in 29 Premier League appearances.
Chelsea are still paying Torres through to roof following his record £50m move from Liverpool in 2011. The Spanish international is taking home around £175,000-a-week and Mourinho was reportedly ready to ditch him to make room for fresh talent.
However, despite Torres' indifferent form this season, Mourinho says the player still has the quality to succeed at the top end of football and he would be happy to see him still playing for Chelsea at the start of next season.
"Yes, he's in my plans," he told Sky Sports when asked about the 30-year-old. "He's a good player.
"I keep saying the same - Fernando is not the kind of player that with half a chance, he scores a goal. He's not the kind of guy that's going to score goal after goal.
"But the way he works, the way he moves, the work he contributes for the team... he is a player that I like, a player that the club respects and we are happy to have him next season, no problem."
Torres finished off his season with Chelsea with a goal against Cardiff City as the Blues came from a goal down to win 2-1.
Mourinho, who has had a disappointing first season in his second spell in charge of Chelsea, but was happy to see his team's competitiveness despite having nothing to play for.
"I think the boys found the right energy to play, which is not easy to find when you don't have objectives," he added.
"What we couldn't have in the first half against Norwich, for example, last week... the boys found the right mental approach. They played really well.
"At half-time, we were losing but we were playing good quality football, having chances - and Cardiff were without a shot but were winning 1-0.
"In the second half, the team had the mentality to persist and even to increase the pace and the dynamic.
"This is very much a deserved victory that means nothing for us because the third position was there. But it means we have a good feeling, the boys have played well and to finish the season with victory is better than a defeat."
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