The player known as Le Sulk is apparently going to be the first player to leave Stamford Bridge under the new manager, who vows to help costly striker Torres rediscover his form
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is reportedly set to be the first player to leave Stamford Bridge under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to The News of the World.
The newspaper reports that Villas-Boas is looking to buy another striker before Chelsea leave for their Far East tour, with top targets including Porto’s Falcao.
However, whatever happens, it would appear that Anelka’s days as a Blue are numbered, as the Portuguese manager favours a 4-3-3 formation, something that does not suit the French striker.
Villas-Boas said of his formation: "Do you always have to put a second player at the head of the attack?
"It's not by putting on another striker that you will get more attacking power - it's the dynamics of the team that creates attacking power."
English striker Daniel Sturridge is also reportedly to be transferred away from Chelsea despite impressing on loan at Bolton last season and being expected to challenge for a place in the first-team during the upcoming campaign.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Villas-Boas has hired Fernando Torres’ personal trainer in a bid to kick-start his Chelsea career after a difficult debut half-season.
Ivan Ortega helped Torres recover from a knee injury while at Liverpool, and the £50 million striker is convinced that his trainer will help him return to the form he showed at Atletico Madrid and in his first three seasons at Anfield.
It is reported that Torres had a large input into the appointment of Ortega, who will now join Villas-Boas’ backroom staff.