Belfast Telegraph

Torres going nowhere - Villas Boas

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas insists striker Fernando Torres is not for sale at any price - in January or next summer.

Reports have suggested the Blues may be prepared to cut their losses on the most expensive player ever transferred between British clubs by offloading him for just £20million next month. But Villas-Boas said that the man who cost the club £50million from Liverpool in January was going nowhere.

"It's not true, I'm sorry," said Villas-Boas, adding Torres would "for sure" be at Stamford Bridge next season.

Speculation has also been rife about the future of Frank Lampard, who found himself dropped for Chelsea's two biggest matches of the season during the past nine days.

The 33-year-old, who has been linked with a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy, claimed Villas-Boas had yet to explain to him why he had lost his place.

Villas-Boas admitted he had not specifically discussed Lampard's omission with the midfielder, but said: "We speak every day."

He added: "There are plenty of players who push for starting XI selection and Frank is not the only one.

"There are people making great efforts to get in this Chelsea squad. Lamps is, I think, one of the top five players most used. Every player wants to be involved in every game but sometimes it's just not possible. I treat everybody equally.

"It's pretty clear that everybody wants to play in every single game. You will find it from Frank but if you interview other people you will find it from (Florent) Malouda and (Salomon) Kalou and Paulo (Ferreira) the same.

"Everybody wants to play in every single game and everybody pushes to be in every single game. Sometimes, it's not possible."


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