Fernando Torres will refuse to leave Chelsea this summer even though Jose Mourinho has told him he has no future at the club, reports Goal.
The striker still has two-years remaining on his £160,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge and is not willing to take a pay cut. Knowing he is unlikely to be offered the same wage elsewhere, Torres has told Mourinho he is likely to stay.
Mourinho has already told Torres that he does not feature in his long-term plans for the club and hoped to free up funds by offloading the 30-year-old. With Diego Costa set to arrive, Torres would play a peripheral role role at Stamford Bridge, but that doesn't seem to be bothering the Spain international.
Torres is willing to stay at Stamford Bridge and is open to the idea of having a reduced role in the squad, preferring the Chelsea bench to a move outside of London.
Atletico Madrid are ready to offer Torres the chance to return to La Liga, but the player is settled in London with his family and would prefer to stay even if it does reduce his playing time to the odd substitute appearance.
Although Chelsea are keen to offload their record £50 million signing, they are not willing to keep paying a portion of the player's wages to see him out the exit door. Essentially, they won't force Torres out of the club, preferring to keep him as an expensive squad option rather than giving him a heavy payoff to agree a deal elsewhere.
Having scored only 20 goals in 110 Premier League appearances since joining from Liverpool in 2011, Chelsea have no chance of reclaiming even half of their original outlay for him. In fact, with his heavy wage demands, Chelsea would be lucky to receive even 10 per cent of what they paid for him.
Even though he is hardly useful on the pitch, Torres is still a valuable asset off of it. He still generates a hefty amount of shirt sales across the world and is heavily used in Chelsea's marketing campaigns.
'Torres 9' shirts account for almost 19 per cent of all Chelsea shirt sales worldwide, which totals around 190,000 shirts a year. With shirts averaging a price of around £53, the gross income of that amounts to over £10 million, proving that Torres is worth keeping purely from an off-field perspective.