Fernando Torres and his dip of form still continues to affect him as the Spanish attacker was considered to be one of the best of the world back when he played with the Liverpool jersey when Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were the main attacking forces behind the Premier League club but nowadays he is barely able to score goals at all.
The pre-season of Chelsea was a chance for Jose Mourinho and the new players of the new squad to play alongside each other and prepare themselves for the approaching season and Costa has already made his presence known by his teammates and supporters of the club after scoring goals against Real Sociedad and Olimpija but Torres was unable to do so.
Despite his consistent series of underwhelming performances, Torres is still being watched by his former club Athletic Madrid.
The president of Athletic Madrid, Enrique Cerezo unveiled some details involving Fernando Torres and the recent rumors that were linking theChelseaplayer with Athletic Madrid and he went on saying:
Cerezo said: “We can’t talk about Torres. He’s in another team at the moment. All of Athletic know that Torres has a home here. We expect some new signings, but we are not in a hurry. Of course regarding the offensive line: who makes the goals? The technical board is working on two signings.”
AthleticMadridis still willing to sign Fernando Torres back to the squad which is good news for the Spanish player who has a back-up option in case he is unable to perform at the level that is demanded by his coach and by the supporters of the club in this next season.
Didier Drogba sustained an injury during the pre-season match of Chelsea against Ferencvaros and the Ivorian forward is expected to be out of action and not able to play for around 5 weeks which means that Torres has the chance to step it up by doing something that has been demanded by him ever since joining Chelsea, score goals.
Chelsea has had a busy transfer window with a few high profile players joining the English club such as: Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa but at the same time they have released a few of their own performers from the club which is the case of: Ashley Cole, Samuel Eto’o and substitute goalkeeper Hilario.
Samuel Eto’o did not have a healthy relationship with Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese manager has even put into question the age and abilities of the formerBarcelonaattacker, during the previous seasonChelseasuffered trying to score consistent goals through their forwards and a time arrived when Mourinho stated that some of his own players just aren’t good enough.
“Contrary to what a puppet says about my age, I am still physically fit. At 33, I feel really good. I have proven that I can do better than the younger players.” That was a statement released by Samuel Eto’o as he responded to Jose Mourinho, during the previous Premier League season.
The future of Ashley Cole was being put into question even before the previous season concluded as the English defender only managed on making 17 appearances as he had to settle with a place on the sidelines ofStamfordBridgefor an extended period of time and recently joined the Italian side As.Roma as he penned a 2 year deal.
Petr Cech is another player who has a fairly undecided future atStamfordBridgeas the Czech goalkeeper will have to fight for a place in the starting lineup of Jose Mourinho with the arrival of Thibaut Courtouis edging every-time closer and closer.
Thibaut Courtois is being hailed to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world even at his young age, he has displayed world class abilities and now that his loan deal with Athletic Madrid has reached its end, theBelgiumshot-stopper will return to Stamford Brdige.
Brendan Rodgers is trying to get his work done early in this summer transfer window as 2 players will be making their way toAnfield Roadas they have already been signed by the Premier League club.
Rickie Lambert and Emre Can have already been secured but there still are more players which are being linked with a possible move toLiverpooland one of those players is Xherdan Shaqiri as the English club is hoping they can sign the player of Bayern Munich with an initial opening bid in the region of €15 million.
So far, Liverpool has not splashed out huge amounts of money on signing their targets at least compared to other teams in the Premier League as Rickie Lambert was signed with a price tag of €4 million while the services of Emre Can was secured with a transfer fee of €9.75 million which is significantly lower compared to Chelsea who offloaded €30 million for Cesc Fabregas.
Shaqiri only made 10 Bundesliga starts in the previous season as he has fallen behind in the pecking order of Pep Guardiola and does not seem to play any influential role in Bayern Munich, this can give the opportunity for Brendan Rodgers to swoop in and sign the Swiss midfielder without having to break the bank account in signing him.
Rodgers revealed some of the elements that he is taking into consideration before signing any players in this summer transfer window.
“Our criteria that we look for is players with strong technique and football intelligence. They need to mentally have the attitude and the capacity to learn and they have to be so hungry to fight for every ball on every day in training and in the game. You’ll get some players who are specialists and who need to play in particular positions, but if we can get players in who are multi-functional, and can play in different roles and are multi-dimensional, it sets us up and gives me more options’’. Rodgers announced.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho has rejected speculation that Fernando Torres will be sold in the summer. The Spaniard has managed just five league goals through this season. It has been the major negative aspect for the club in the title race. They ultimately lost the title to Manchester city by a margin of just four points. Mourinho reckons that the club could have easily won the title had his strikers scored more goals. The club are widely expected to bring in Diego Costa for more than £ 30 million in the summer.
It has been speculated that Torres may be sent back to Atletico Madrid as part of this deal since Chelsea need to comply with FFP regulations. Mourinho, though, has stated that this is likely not to be the case because he sees Torres staying at the club next season as well. However, Chelsea are likely to not extend the contract of Samuel Eto’o, who has been their best striker in the second half of the season. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan star joined the club on a one-year deal last summer.
Torres finished the season on a high after scoring in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and also in the final game against Cardiff.
“Yes, he’s in my plans. He’s a good player. I keep saying the same – Fernando is not the kind of player that with half a chance, he scores a goal. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to score goal after goal. But the way he works, the way he moves, the work he contributes for the team… he is a player that I like, a player that the club respects and we are happy to have him next season, no problem,” Mourinho said. Demba Ba is also likely to leave in the summer.
After missing out on the 4-0 win against Tottenham last weekend, Fernando Torres could be back for the visit to Villa Park according to manager Jose Mourinho. The Spaniard was picked to start against Tottenham, but he was injured during the warm-up. His replacement, Samuel Eto’o, scored the opening goal in the match and also won a penalty. Mourinho said after that encounter that it was highly unlikely that Torres could be back very soon since muscular injuries usually take a long time to cure. However, Chelsea have been boosted by the news that the 29-year-old will now be available for selection against Aston Villa.
This will be very difficult trip for Chelsea and Mourinho since the Portuguese has never won at Villa Park even during his previous spell at the club. They go into the weekend top of the table with a seven-point lead over Liverpool, who have a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday. Torres may not have been in the best of form since his move from Liverpool, but the Spaniard remains as one of the top strikers are the club. Further, Mourinho is likely to go with Samuel Eto’o for the Galatasaray match. At 33 years of age, the former Barcelona superstar cannot play two matches in a week.
“Fernando is much, much better. Maybe I take him tomorrow. Maybe I don’t take him and I try everything for Tuesday. It was only a little thing, but when you feel that little thing before the game you don’t play. If you feel during the game, maybe the adrenaline and the temperature of your body maybe you go through it and you play,” said the Portuguese boss, who also reiterated that the table is not accurate since the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool are yet to play the same number of matches as Chelsea.