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Mourinho rules out Chelsea exit for Torres

With the Blues squad containing too many foreign players, it had been speculated that the much-maligned striker would leave — but his manager wants to call upon three strikers.

Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres will not be leaving Chelsea despite the club needing to lose an overseas player.

Premier League rules state that a 25-man squad must consist of no more than 17 foreign players, but Chelsea has one extra following the arrivals of Diego Costa, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis.

Englishman Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole both left in the offseason, while Gary Cahill was the last high-profile homegrown player to join, but Mourinho is not interested in selling the much-maligned Torres.

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"Three strikers is fundamental in the squad and we have three," he told Sky Sports News. "[Torres] is one of them. We have a good squad. The perfect squad would be with this 18 players, not 17, but rules are rules and we are working hard, even here, to not have these kind of problems in the future.

"[We want] to have more English players in our squad, which we are going to have in the future, but in this moment we are still in the middle of this process. So at the moment we have to make a decision about one player not to be on that list."

Torres has been linked with a possible return to Atletico Madrid but president Enrique Cerezo has stated the Spanish champion are not considering the 30-year-old a target.

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