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Torres flattered by Barcelona interest

The 29-year-old is pleased to be linked with the Catalans but insists he remains loyal to Chelsea and is looking forward to working with new boss Jose Mourinho.

Fernando Torres admits he is flattered by reports linking him with a summer move to Barcelona, but he insists he wants to stay at Chelsea and will talk with new manager Jose Mourinho before deciding his future.

Torres enjoyed his most productive season at Stamford Bridge last season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, but he still fell way short of the expectations that have dogged him since his 50 million pound arrival from Liverpool and his exit from London has been been touted as a possibility.

Chelsea's alleged offer of Torres plus 40 million euros for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani was rejected, while Barcelona has also been linked with bringing the Spaniard back to his homeland. While Torres revealed in an interview with AS that he is pleased to still be linked to top European clubs, he is determined to talk with Mourinho before making any firm decisions.

"It's always nice a club like that is interested," Torres said of Barcelona. "But I want to stay and will talk to Mourinho later."

Mourinho has pledged to help Torres rediscover his best form if he remains at Stamford Bridge, and this is an idea that appeals to Torres, too.

"Mourinho's words are motivation for me," Torres said. "I want to stay at Chelsea, I have contract, I want to be the best at my position, and I don't think there is a better place to be.

"Mourinho has won far more than many of us. It's a new challenge and I am looking forward to it."

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