Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Fernando Torres might still have a future at the London club.
Jose Mourinho publicly criticized his strikers a lot this season. After the recently concluded Champions League match against PSG, which Chelsea lost 3-1, Mourinho once again bemoaned his lack of options upfront. Samuel Eto’o, who has perhaps been Mourinho’s best option upfront, has missed a few matches recently following the injury he picked up against Arsenal, while Fernando Torres has continued his dismal record in the Premier league for the blues this season. In fact, Mourinho opted to start Andre Schurrle upfront against PSG, despite Torres being available on the bench – a clear indication of his lack faith in the Spaniard.
The 30-year-old, who has experienced some torrid moments since joining Chelsea, has scored just four goals in the league this season – to put it into perspective, the pair of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic have contributed more goals than him in the league this season. This lack of goals from his strikers could finally contribute towards a trophy less season for the London club and signing a new striker will be their top priority next season.
Samuel Eto’o contract will expire in the summer, while the future of both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba has come under a lot of speculations. But Jose Mourinho has now insisted that the Spaniard might still have a future at the club and has pointed out that Torres has scored some important goals for the club, despite his inconsistency. Torres’ current contract with the club expires in 2016 and Mourinho has stated that he hasn’t lost his faith on the striker, yet.
“Yes, he has a future. Obviously everybody wants to improve and we want to improve, that’s normal and basic.
“He has a contract, he’s a good professional, he works hard for the team and brings positive things to the team. Obviously we want him to score more goals, obviously he wants to score more goals, it’s not just me that wants it, he wants it.
“During his time at the club he’s had moments, some of them important moments. But with long periods performing, sometimes in and sometimes out, he hasn’t had a lot of stability in his performances.
“He’s had moments with important goals, despite having not scored a lot during his time at Chelsea, he’s always had those moments. I believe in these moments until the end of the season because we have six league matches and one Champions League match that can be transformed into three. I trust that he can have these moments.” – The Chelsea manager said ahead of their match against Stoke City.