Fernando Torres determined to prove his staying power at Chelsea and resist moves to sell him to Inter Milan

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Fernando Torres is

ready to stay at Chelsea

next season and resist any

attempts by the club to sell him

after turning down the chance to

join Inter Milan.

The 30-year-old Spain striker, who

was named on Saturday in his

country’s final World Cup squad of

23, was criticised by manager Jose

Mourinho last season in the

aftermath of the Champions League

quarter-final against Paris Saint-

Germain.

But Torres, who signed a five-and-

a-half year contract when he

moved in a spectacular £50million

transfer from Liverpool in January

2011, will resist any efforts by

Chelsea to move him on, even

though the club will be bringing in

£35m Diego Costa from Atletico

Madrid and another striker,

possibly Mario Mandzukic of Bayern

Munich.

Torres' inclusion at world football’s

showpiece tournament comes

despite him having been dropped

by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque

earlier this year.

With Costa nursing a hamstring

injury, Torres may even start for

the world champions when they

open their campaign against

Holland on June 13 after scoring

for Spain in the 2-0 win over

Bolivia on Friday.

Torres scored 11 goals last season

in 41 appearances for Chelsea,

though 18 were from the bench.

He was singled out by Mourinho,

who started with midfielder Andre

Schurrle up front at Paris Saint-

Germain, the manager saying: ‘I’m

not happy with my strikers’

performances, so I have to try

things.’


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