Jose Mourinho has categorically denied rumours that he is willing to let Fernando Torres leave Chelsea this summer, insisting that he wants the Spaniard to be part of his squad this season.
Torres has struggled for form since joining Chelsea, mustering a meagre 20 goals in 110 league appearances for the Blues since his £50 million move from Premier League rivals Liverpool, a stark contrast to his 65 in just 102 games for the Anfield side.
Torres set to stay
He has subsequently been linked with a return to his former club Atletico Madrid as well as Italian giants Inter Milan in recent months, but Mourinho is adamant that the 30-year-old will remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future following the departures of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and, most recently, Romelu Lukaku.
Mourinho is quoted in The Daily Express as saying: "Three strikers is fundamental in the squad and we have three, Nando is one of them."
He added: "We have a good squad, the perfect squad would be with these 18 players, not 17."
No Cavani deal?
This seems to end rumours of any Chelsea swoop for Paris Saint-Germain's superstar forward Edinson Cavani, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.
Although Mourinho is keen to keep Torres it is yet to be seen whether the Spain international will feature prominently in Chelsea's plans following the arrivals of international teammate Diego Costa and club legend Didier Drogba.
It also remains to be seen whether the Spaniard will be content with another season as a bit-part player if he does not feature regularly, with his confidence visibly waning as his time on the bench increases.