Jose Mourinho might have only returned to Stamford Bridge, but fans and commentators alike are awaiting to see how he restructures his Chelsea squad ahead of next season. Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move from Napoli and Chelsea have apparently already had a £40 million offer rejected. Brazilian and Zenit St Petersburg frontman Hulk and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney have also been linked with a move to London.
Any one of these would add significant weight to Chelsea's forward line; and you would think, add significant question marks as to the future of Fernando Torres. But the Spaniard doesn't see it that way.
Torres was speaking at a press conference yesterday ahead of Spain's two end of season friendly internationals against Haiti and the Republic of Ireland. "I have three more years on my contract so I am not worried. I know my future is there,'' he said. "To be honest, it is like this every summer. There is talk and speculation. But as I said when I signed my contract, I will be there for five-and-a-half seasons. My future is there."
Torres has been under constant scrutiny since his move from Liverpool in 2011. However he has shown a return to form, while not neccesarily as that of his peak, he contributed strongly to Chelsea's succesful persual of a Champions League place and his sides success in winning the Europa League. Some put his improvement down to then interim manager Rafa Benitez who got the best out of him at Liverpool. Jose Mourinho's ability to extract maximised performances from players is well proven, and Mourinho would have the belief in himself to turn the strikers fortune even further in the direction of success. But does he want to?
With the finances that are clealry at his disposal, Mourinhos interest in keeping Torres at the club will be the ultimate factor in Torres future there and not that Torres is towing the line and making the right noises about his contract and honouring it.
The two men will inevitably talk and you would think it will happen rather soon; after Spains match with Ireland in New York.
Torres was predictably positive when questioned on Mourinho's appointment, stating; "The new manager is great news for the club. It's great news for the fans and the people at the club. We are looking to having the chance to work with him." What else was he going to say. These lines write themselves.
Ultimately he will need to wait and see. Torres is already in a tussle with Demba Ba for the main striking slot at Chelsea. Ba's move from Newcastle was seamless and if anything he has grown in stature, carving out some wonderfully adroit goals and leading the Chelsea attack with panache and directness.
One thing is for sure, if Mourinho doesn't want Torres ahead of next season, he will make his position clear. But with Torres seemingly on the right road back to what he is most capable of, it might be worth the investment of time in someone who has slowly adjusted to life at the vlub rather than the investment of money in a player whose succes cannot be guaranteed.