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Torres management hits out at AVB

Fernando Torres is finally being treated in the way he "deserves" at Chelsea, according to the £50million man's management company.

Spain striker Torres is beginning to show glimpses of the talent that saw Chelsea make him the most expensive player ever transferred between British clubs when they signed him from Liverpool. He has started four of the Blues' seven matches since Roberto Di Matteo took charge, having played second fiddle to Didier Drogba under former manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Bahia Internacional's Antonio Sanz told pagineromaniste.com: "With Villas-Boas, he was not considered, but the arrival of Di Matteo on the bench has seen him return to have the trust that he deserves."

Sanz echoed the sentiments of Blues striker Salomon Kalou, who this week claimed his own resurgence was down to the faith placed in him by caretaker boss Di Matteo.

Kalou claimed sacked manager Villas-Boas refused to pick him because he had not signed a new contract, and Sanz has suggested Torres was also not handled correctly by the Portuguese.

Having failed to find the net for five months under Villas-Boas, Torres took just three games to end his miserable run in front of goal following Di Matteo's elevation. He also maintained his fine record of assists in Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final first leg win at Benfica.

Sanz added: "He played a great match in the Champions League in Lisbon, assisting the winning goal for Kalou."

There is a long way to go before Torres can be said to have been worth the money spent on him, especially as there is still a discernible lack of confidence in front of goal.

While that remains the case, the 28-year-old will continue to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and Sanz hinted how he fared for the rest of the season would influence his longer-term future.

"We'll evaluate his future in the coming months," Sanz said. "Fernando has another four years on his contract at Chelsea and the situation there has changed for him."

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