Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come to the support of Fernando Torres – just few days after criticising him indirectly for not performing well in the 3-1 defeat against Paris St Germain – by saying that striker still has a future at Chelsea.
Torres’ position at the club has come under increasing threat following a run of several matches without a goal. The striker has scored only four goals in the league this season and Mourinho has been critical of his performance throughout this campaign. The Portuguese has said that Chelsea would have been top of the table by a long-distance had his strikers scored more goals.
Only Samuel Eto’o has been able to salvage some pride by scoring more than 10 goals in what is turning out to be a poor season for Chelsea’s strikers. The club are heavily linked with moves for Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao in the summer. Torres, meanwhile, has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid in the last few weeks. After appearing in the club’s new kit launch video, some of the rumours have died down. Mourinho has further attempted to instil some confidence in the player by saying that Torres remains part of Chelsea’s future.
The player still has two years left on his contract.
"Does he have a future? Yes, he has. He is under contract, he's a good professional. He works hard for the team, he brings positive things to the team. Obviously, we want him to score more goals. Obviously, he wants to score more goals. It's not just me that wants. People that give everything they have you never can blame and you never can complain. When he's on the pitch he tries to do his best,” said Mourinho.
Torres last scored for Chelsea towards the end of February in the 1-1 draw with Galatasaray.