Mourinho wants Torres to stay at Chelsea; must offload foreign player
AUG 29, 2014 11:01a ET
Jose Mourinho is not expecting Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window, admitting they will be in trouble if the striker does depart.
Reports suggest the 30-year-old's frustrating and underwhelming three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end in the coming days.
AC Milan are reportedly closing in on a move for the one-time £50 million man, but widespread talk of an exit before Monday night's deadline was downplayed by Mourinho.
"If he wants to leave, in the case he wants to, it's because he wants to try a new life, a new club, probably a new league," the Portuguese said.
"So if he wants to leave, which until this moment I have not one single word about, I believe that is to try to be happier than he was in the last couple of years.
"This is a very human club in the way the club approaches this kind of situation. If he comes to us in these last couple of days, any possibility would be analysed by us as a club and the best decision for him."
Torres' departure would leave Chelsea short of the three strikers Mourinho believes will be necessary to fight on all fronts this season.
The Blues manager likes him as a player and a person and insists there are no plans afoot to replace him.
"Well, if that happens in the last hour of the market, we are in trouble," said Mourinho, who has been linked with a move for Roma's Mattia Destro.
"In this moment we are doing nothing because our belief is that the market is closed for us.
"I've believed for a long time that the squad is closed. We have our squad. We like our squad. It's not the perfect one, because no squad is perfect, but it's one we like."
The only transfer movement Mourinho is expecting is the departure an unnamed foreign player to comply with Premier League guidelines on home-grown players.
"We are ready for the market to close and for us to start September 1 with this squad we have, minus one foreign player," he said.
"Unfortunately, that is compulsory. I cannot say 'this is our squad', because we need because of the rules to make a decision in relation to a foreign player."
Asked when he would make a call on who to sell, Mourinho replied: "It's such a difficult decision that I believe (it will be) one second before the end of the market."
Transfer activity dominated the press conference previewing Chelsea's trip to Everton on Saturday, when Mourinho could face two strikers he let go in the summer.
Samuel Eto'o this week followed Romelu Lukaku in heading to Goodison Park - decisions he does not regret but knows will strengthen the Toffees' top-four aspirations.
"They are a very good team and they kept every player," he said.
"They didn't sell any one of their good players and they have players so many teams, for sure, wanted to buy.
"They believe in that team and if they believe in that, that's the most important thing."
Mourinho's task will be made all the more difficult on Merseyside should Diego Costa fail in his bid to overcome a minor muscle injury.
The striker has scored in both of Chelsea's matches this season but has been unable to train for the past two days.
"He has to try a light training session to see if the reaction is positive," Mourinho said.
"If it's positive, we'll take him to Everton to play or be on the bench. Let's see.
"If the reaction is not positive on Friday, obviously we don't select him. At this moment, I don't know much."