Chelsea deny secret talks to sell Fernando Torres
Chelsea have not discussed selling Fernando Torres to Paris St-Germain despite reports that their former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has recently taken over at the French club, has said he is interested in the Spaniard.
Selling Torres is not currently a consideration for the club and there is no appetite from the player for a move almost one year since his record-breaking £50m transfer from Liverpool. Ancelotti was quoted in Gazzetta dello Sport as saying that Torres was one of a number of players being touted "officially or not" on the market including Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Edinson Cavani and Fernando Llorente.
With Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou at the African Cup of Nations this month there would be little sense in Chelsea taking a loss on Torres by selling him. Having completed the signing of Gary Cahill over the weekend, they anticipate just one more signing this month, expected to be a squad player rather than a marquee name and likely to be an attacker.
The Juventus winger Milos Krasic has been suggested as a potential addition in January. As of yesterday the club denied that there were any plans in place to make a move for Lille's attacking midfielder Eden Hazard.
Cahill said yesterday that he would have to earn his place in the Chelsea team. He said: "Coming to a club like Chelsea, there are top-class international players all the way through the squad so there is going to be strong competition and it is not going to be easy. I just hope when I get my chance I take it.
"Obviously playing with the English boys here will help our understanding. But I am taking nothing for granted. I am coming here to work hard and try to get in the team, first of all. It was fantastic to make my first appearance for England playing alongside someone as experienced and as good as John Terry is."