Benitez confirms bids for Torres

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that the club have received several bids for Fernando Torres this summer, all of which has been met with a firm ‘œno’.

The likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester Utd have all been linked with the Spanish international striker.

Benitez said, “Clubs wanted Fernando and we were contacted by agents working for those clubs but we always knew that when a bid came in we would say ‘no’.

“The main thing was that Torres wanted to stay here. People knew the player wanted to stay, but it did not stop clubs trying.

“We wanted to send out a message that Liverpool are a strong team and that we want to improve. You don’t improve by selling your best players.”