Roy Hodgson admits that a mega-offer for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres next summer would be tough to turn down

New Reds boss is happy that the Spaniard will play at Anfield this season
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits that should a huge offer for star striker Fernando Torres come in next summer it would be difficult to reject.

The new Reds boss is ecstatic that the Spain international committed his future to the club, despite reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester City this summer.

Both Premier League rivals were rumoured to be offering more than £50 million to Liverpool for the 26-year-old, but the striker has now returned to training and is adamant that he does not want to leave the club.

The former Fulham manager knows that teams will be interested in a quality player, but Hodgson is focused on what happens this season.

''The important thing for Fernando and for us is that we have a good season - he as a player, us as a club and me as a manager,'' Hodgson told The Telegraph.

''Who knows what next season will bring? We could have a fantastic season and the players will not want to go anywhere or we could have a worse one and there will be more speculation.

''It could be he does so fantastically well and an offer comes in like the offer came in for Kaka or Cristiano Ronaldo (£56 million and £80 million respectively - both from Real Madrid) which is impossible to turn down.

''But we will take that problem when and if it arises but the important thing is it hasn't arisen this summer because he is going to be playing for us.

''He is committed to playing for us and he is going to honour his contract and it is good for me he has made it clear he likes the club and the fans.

''It is nice now the speculation can finally end once and for all after Fernando made it clear how absolutely committed he is.''

Torres scored 18 Premier League goals last year despite missing some time with injuries during the season, and is still fighting to recover from the groin injury he suffered in Spain’s 1-0 extra-time victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup final last month.

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