Mourinho challenges Torres

BY foxsports • July 26, 2013

Roma have signed veteran goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis from Napoli on a two-year contract.

The 36-year-old former Italy international spent four seasons with the Azzurri but, with Liverpool keeper Jose Reina arriving in Naples to spend a season on loan with the Serie A runners-up, De Sanctis makes Roma the seventh club of his career.

A statement on the capital club's official website also confirmed a payment of 500,000 euros for De Sanctis' services to Napoli, who are expected to confirm Reina as their new number one imminently.

After leaving Napoli's Dimaro training camp to fly to Rome's Fiumicino airport today, De Sanctis told La Repubblica Sport: "It's all agreed. I'm here to work hard and to have a great season."

The former Udinese and Sevilla keeper replaces Maarten Stekelenburg in the Giallorossi goal following the Dutchman's departure for Fulham last month.

The £50million man was not involved in his club's pre-season tour of Asia, having been excused due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Spain earlier in the summer, but he will return for next week's USA leg.

In Torres' absence, Romelu Lukaku, who was on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season, has been scoring goals, including two in Thursday's 8-1 thrashing of Indonesia All Stars, and impressing.

But having returned to Chelsea this summer, Mourinho wants Torres to rise to the challenge of competing for a place with Lukaku and Demba Ba.

"I think Torres should be happy, because we have competition in the team in every position and that is good for everybody," Mourinho told Chelsea's official website.

"Sometimes Torres has been the only striker and then Demba Ba came in January, and now we have three strikers and that is good for the team."


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