Chelsea Transfer News: Rafael Benitez Hints At Competition For Fernando Torres
Chelsea's star striker Fernando Torres is likely to spend a lot more time warming the benches.
The Blues boss has admitted that Torres is open to competition at Stamford Bridge, and it is highly likely that the club will increase their attacking options during the January transfer window.
Torres has started in all the 20 Premier League games for Chelsea this season and has scored just seven times. He also started in last night's 1-0 League defeat against Queens Park Rangers.
"We are trying to manage the team so when I can change Fernando I will do it," Benitez told reporters. "We will try to manage him and hopefully we can do things properly."
"He wants the team winning games and he understands that is the way, so he will accept this."
This would mean that the 28-year-old Spanish international is open to competition within the team.
"He knows that we need this competition, we know that we need this competition," Benitez was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
"The problem in January always is, 'Which one?'. Which player is available, which player is good enough to be here in a top side? So, it's not easy, but I think it will be positive for everyone."
"And Fernando is ready to fight for his position. He has no problem because he has a lot of confidence and he is enjoying now his football."
Meanwhile, Torres is gradually coming back to form and with it the confidence of his team-mates and his manager Benitez is growing in him.
Torres too has brushed aside the rumors that he is exiting Chelsea.
"It's just a matter of time and training and being sure that we understand each other," The Spain International was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
"With [Juan] Mata I have been playing for many years in the national team and last season at Chelsea, but Oscar and Eden [Hazard] have just arrived and we need to train more to improve."
"We have been very good defensively this season, but in the middle we have huge quality and those kinds of players have to be the key for us. We need to play for them and the strikers need to understand what they like to do to score more goals. We need more time."
Chelsea had earlier given Torres one month deadline to improve or face the axe during the January transfer window. Their owner Roman Abramovich was ready to concede that his £50-million gamble on Torres had failed.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are keen on bagging Radamel Falcao, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle.
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