Chelsea want Torres, but he has other ideas

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According to a number of reports across this morning’s papers, Chelsea are preparing to test Tom Hicks’ and George Gillett’s resolve with a £50million bid for Fernando Torres.

As the rumour mills of the world continue to wind, and the transfer speculation rumbles on, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano are ‘œdefinitely leaving Anfield this summer too’ according to the rags.

But they fail to forget that within the last month, both Alonso and Mascherano have both said they have no plans to leave Anfield.

The players and Liverpool FC don’t respond on a day-to-day basis because it’s all been said before and the speculation is going round in circles.

Meanwhile Torres says he’s determined to stay and emulate his Red heroes of yesteryear.

The Spanish international striker responded to criticism that Liverpool won’t be able to challenge for honours due to financial constraints by saying, “We don’t have the same money as United or Chelsea but that is not a problem for us.

“We will try to win trophies with money or without it, it doesn’t matter to us. ‘In the past two years, United have been the strongest team in Europe and we had to fight against them. This year they have lost an important player, so maybe it is our time.

“When I was a kid I was always looking up to Atletico Madrid strikers but when I came to Liverpool I saw DVDs of Robbie Fowler and Kenny Dalglish. They are legends of Liverpool. One day I would like to be close to them.”

He added how important it is for the Reds to keep their top players at the club:

“If we can play together for a lot of years it would be fantastic,” said Torres.

“It makes us more complete as players. We have to keep all our good players.”

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