Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has expressed his admiration of Wayne Rooney, admitting that he would love to play alongside the Manchester United ace.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho had made the England international his primary transfer target but the proposed deal appears to have collapsed, with the former Everton man having declined the Portuguese's public invite to issue a transfer request and the West Londoners now having snapped up Samuel Eto'o.
However, Torres is still hoping that Rooney ends up at Stamford Bridge as he feels that the pair could form a prolific partnership.
"Chelsea always want the best players and Rooney is one of them," the former Liverpool forward told Bild. "I admire him and it would be great to play alongside him."
For the moment, though, Torres is solely concerning himself with Friday night's Uefa Super Cup clash with treble-winning Bayern Munich, a side for whom he has the utmost respect.
"Last season Bayern taught us all a footballing lesson," the Spain international enthused. "As a spectator, it was enjoyable to watch. So good, so fast-paced; it was true football.
"Pep [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world and Bayern one of the best teams.
"My favourite Bayern players are Lahm and Schweinsteiger. I've always admired players who gave everything for their club during their whole career.
"Those are two players that I admire, also because they hardly ever play a bad match."
When asked just how one goes about beating Bayern, Torres conceded: "That's tough to plan. They are a very complete and competitive side. It comes down to the details. You have to take your chances."
Chelsea's meeting with Bayern in Prague is scheduled to get under way at 20:45CET.