Mourinho rules out Torres exit

The Chelsea boss insists that he needs three strikers in his squad for this season and will not be allowing the Spaniard to leave, despite speculation linking him with a move
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that he has no intention of letting Fernando Torres leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Spain international has been heavily criticised since joining the Blues and was not even part of Mourinho's squad to face Leicester City on Saturday, where Diego Costa bagged his second Premier League goal and Didier Drogba made a short cameo in the 2-0 win.

The 30-year-old striker has been linked with a transfer before the window closes but, despite his lack of involvement at the start of the campaign, Mourinho is keen to keep him.

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When asked by reporters Torres would be leaving, the Portuguese replied: "No. I want three strikers in the team and I can't do the season without three."

Mourinho was then asked what the former Liverpool man would need to do to in order to earn a place in the first team. "He has to score more goals than the first [striker]," he responded.

The out-of-favour striker watched on as compatriot Costa, who also usurped him in the Spain national team, netted his second goal in English football's top flight, a tally which it took Torres 17 games to reach.

Despite his struggles, the centre forward had been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid and, more recently, as a potential replacement for Anfield-bound Mario Balotelli.

Mourinho, though, only has three strikers at his disposal after purging his squad of the forwards whom he criticised last season, with Romelu Lukaku joining Everton for £28 million, Demba Ba leaving for Besiktas and Samuel Eto'o departing on a free transfer.