Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is adamant that the signing of Spanish international team-mates Cesc Fabregas and imminent Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge will not force him to look for a summer move, making it clear his ambition lies in quite the opposite direction.
Torres failed to convince Blues boss Jose Mourinho that he deserves a starting spot in the Blues attack last season and if anything contributed to a swift move for expensive new additions thanks to an underwhelming campaign, scoring just five times in 28 Premier League appearances.
The 30-year-old's future was thought to be under serious threat thanks to Mourinho's desire to recruit a proven, in-form predator in Costa, but Torres is reported by the PFA's official website as telling Spanish radio station Onda Cero that he's happy to fight for his place in West London next year.
When asked about Chelsea's £30m deal for ex-Arsenal captain and national team colleague Fabregas the forward insisted: I wish he could have joined us a couple of years earlier.
"He is a blessing for strikers, he always looks to find that final key pass, he's the type of player Chelsea don't have."
His views on the much-discussed but as of yet not officially confirmed £32.5m deal for Costa were also positive.
"People have been saying for some time that Chelsea have signed a striker, and if it's Diego, then it's very welcome," he added.
"The level of competition at big clubs should always be very high."
Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba proved to be Chelsea's achilles heel in terms of a title charge last year, but with two of that misfiring three still under contract Mourinho has two big decisions to make in that department.
Mourinho means business
Chelsea have rendered complaints that the World Cup holds up summer transfer business redundant with their quick action in the transfer market since the club campaign concluded last month, with the decision to sign Fabregas an example of the pragmatic approach Mourinho is adopting in search of improvements.
The Blues failed to lift silverware last year despite showing considerable Premier League improvements and reaching a Champions League semi-final under Mourinho's guidance, an outcome that is simply unthinkable next season.
When Costa arrives there is little doubt that if the La Liga winning hitman adjusts quickly to life in the Premier League he will be first choice for Chelsea moving forward, but that doesn't necessarily mean there is no room for Torres, as long as he's happy with a role of impact substitute.
Torres could really do with making a very quick impact for struggling Spain in tomorrow night's crunch Group B clash, if only to remind clubs across Europe of the feared forward who once tore defences to shreds for Liverpool with a potent mix of pace and guile.
Former club Atletico Madrid are still fond of the Vicente Calderon's former darling and could chase a loan switch as they search for Costa's replacement, but Torres has already rejected Inter Milan's advances in the last three weeks.
At 30 and with two years left on his Chelsea contract Torres is facing a career crossroads, with Blues fans and most likely still desperate for the £50m man to show his worth next season.
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