Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move to Italy for Fernando Torres, despite the Spaniard not making the Chelsea bench in their 2-0 home win over Leicester City.
Roma and AC Milan have been credited with an interest in Torres in recent days, but Mourinho has insisted Torres still has a part to play at Stamford Bridge this season.
After Chelsea’s win Mourinho said: “I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I want to play with two and have one on the bench. At other times, someone will be suspended, another will be injured.
“Someone will be needed as a third striker. I can’t do a season without a third striker.
“I believe he will remain. I want him. He will play. He will score goals. He will be very useful for us.”
Didier Drogba was selected on the bench ahead of Torres and the Ivorian came on to make his second home debut for Chelsea.
Torres has struggled since joining Chelsea in January 2011, scoring just 45 times in 172 appearances.