Torres speculation latest – from Hodgson

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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has been very quiet over questions regarding the future of Fernando Torres’ career at Anfield.

The new Reds manager says he has no news to report, with managing director Christian Purslow taking care of Torres’ issues.

The Spanish international has been rumoured to be looking for a move away from Merseyside this summer, with the Reds unable to offer him Champions League football.

When Sky Sports News asked him if he had any new information on the Torres speculation, Hodgson said, “No, but Christian might be able to if you got hold of him. I haven’t spoken to him for the last two days he’s been travelling back from Spain where he’s been on holiday.

“His holiday has also been taken up a lot of time by discussions with Fernando and his people, so I’m afraid the only person who can give you the type of details you require is Christian.

“It would be wrong of me to say too much.”

Hodgson added that he hopes both the arrival of midfielder Joe Cole at the club this week and Steven Gerrard’s commitment will persuade Torres to stay.

He said, “I made it clear from my point of view I’m really looking forward to working with him and I believe he’s a key, key figure at the club.

“I obviously want him to be a part of the team we’re trying to build here and I can only hope he’ll buy into what the club is offering him.

“I don’t think there are any worries with him in terms of me personally or what we’re doing. I think the concerns go back once again to the time before I came to the club.”

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