Fernando Torres will turn down the chance to move Roma or AC Milan and stay at Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho insisting that the £50m striker still has a part to play in the squad despite not even making the bench for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester.
Both Italian clubs have made inquiries about Torres but the striker is not keen on a move to Italy and Mourinho claims that the Spaniard, who has two years left on his contract, cannot leave as he needs three strikers for the season.
Mourinho said: ‘I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I want to play with two and have one on the bench. At other times, someone will be suspended, another will be injured.
‘Someone will be needed as a third striker. I can’t do a season without a third striker. Our squad was made carefully the top structure of my club to give me what I want.
‘I believe he will remain. I want him. He will play. He will score goals. He will be very useful for us. He is a fantastic guy, fantastic professional, so no problem.
‘I told the players yesterday that at this moment we are playing one match a week and they feel: “Oh, I’m playing, I’m not playing. I’m first option, I’m second, I’m third.”