£50 million ‘too much’ for Blues striker

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has admitted that Fernando Torres is not worth the £50 million the Blues paid for him, with Leboeuf claiming that the striker is not yet a proven star.

"Nowadays we make somebody a star because they play well for six months," the 43-year-old told the Daily Star.

"I think the problem is that we make somebody into a star who doesn’t deserve to be called a star.


"You have to show for three or four years at the top level that you are a star. Didier Drogba is a star, John Terry is a star.

"They’ve been playing for years at the highest level. Torres was at home when he was at Atletico Madrid and he did well at the start at Liverpool.

"So is he a star? I don’t know...and if Torres is not a star, maybe Chelsea paid too much for him and he’s not good enough for them. So far that’s what it is.

"This is the first time he finds himself at a club where he is not the main player. At Liverpool they were playing for him, at Atletico Madrid as well.

"Chelsea don’t. They’re not playing for him. He has to find his space. Maybe he struggles with that. There are other players there and they are all stars."

Leboeuf played for Chelsea 144 times in 199-6-2001, and the goal scoring defender, who netted 17 times while at Stamford Bridge, believes that the qualities that make a star haven’t yet been shown in Torres.

Torres has scored one goal since signing to Chelsea in January, and while Andre Villas-Boas continues to show faith in the Spaniard, he admitted this week that his patience is running thin.

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