Fernando Torres will be worth the money: Ancelotti
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists Fernando Torres was “born to score” and is on the brink of starting to repay his £50million transfer fee.
Torres has flopped in front of goal since making his record-breaking move from Liverpool, the Spain star missing a hatful of chances to open his account across his four games for the Blues.
The 26-year-old's overall contribution has steadily improved and manager Ancelotti last week tried to ease the pressure on him by claiming “I do not ask my strikers to score”.
But Torres has since admitted he must start finding the net and, deep down, Ancelotti knows that too.
Asked how he would feel if Torres' goal drought continued until the end of the season, the Italian said: “It is impossible, because he will score.
“He will score, sure, because Torres was born to score.”
Ancelotti, though, was not prepared to bet on how many goals his new acquisition would finish the campaign with.
The man who famously wagered he would run around the club's training ground naked if he spent money during last year's January transfer window said: “I don't want to bet. I don't like to bet.”
One man who might be secretly hoping Torres continues to flounder is Salomon Kalou, who has been the player to suffer most from the Spaniard's arrival.
Kalou has started just once since then - when Torres was cup-tied - and admits he will consider his future at the end of the season if his situation does not improve.
Kalou, whose contract expires in the summer of 2012, said: “If an opportunity doesn't come you sit down at the end of the season and think about it.”