By Iva Finlay
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that more could have been expected from Torres during his time at the club.
The Spanish striker has struggled to replicate the form, at Stamford Bridge that was seen while playing for Liverpool following his transfer in January 2011 for a £50million a British record fee.
Torres made it clear that he remains committed to seeing about his contract with the Blues,and he want to impress Mourinho, however saying that he has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, but it will be for much less than Chelsea paid for him.
New boss Mourinho said that striker’s record at Chelsea is only mediocre and believe that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will let him rule on whether the Torres stays or go’s.
Here is what Mourinho said: “Torres so far is so-so,”
“Somebody could expect more because of his potential, because of what he did before. But not so bad as people sometimes try to say.
“There is a balance. Normally, the tendency is to say it was a big mistake. It was a big mistake because it didn’t work.
“Shevchenko? It’s not true the owner forced him on me.
“Never, never during my time did the owner interfere in the basic things of the manager – training sessions, team selection, the profile of player I want to bring.”
And also added: “Do you want to know the truth about Shevchenko? I hope the board is not upset with me. We wanted to buy Samuel Eto’o, he was our target. We wanted Eto’o and the owner was more than ready to do everything to bring Eto’o here.
“He was the player I wanted. Why? Because Eto’o was the only player I could play with Didier Drogba, changing the system for two strikers.
“But he was also ready to play with Drogba with the system we had at the time, with three attacking players with Eto’o coming from the sides. I did the same with him at Inter Milan. We wanted Eto’o and the boss did everything to bring Eto’o and Peter Kenyon did everything.
“In the end, Barcelona said, ‘We don’t sell, forget it, forget it. Not any price’. The owner did everything to get him, but it was not possible.
“After that, we went to other options and got to Shevchenko. I was happy with him.”