Benitez: Torres wants a new striker at the club
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez insists that striker Fernando Torres is fully behind the club’s bid to bring a new striker to the club in the January transfer window.
The £50million striker has show small signs of recapturing his best form under the new Chelsea supremo but Benitez believes he will benefit from increased competition up front.
“He knows that we need this competition, we know that we need this competition,” he said. “The problem in January always is, ‘Which one?’. Which player is available, which player is good enough to be here in a top side?
“So, it’s not easy, but I think it will be positive for everyone.
“And Fernando is ready to fight for his position. He has no problem because he has a lot of confidence and he is enjoying now his football.”
Torres spent the first 18 months at the London club in the shadow of Didier Drogba and has admitted he wouldn’t want to be a non-regular starter ever again.
The former Liverpool manager also believes the Stamford Bridge club’s early exit from the Champions League will not put off any potential targets.
“What I know for sure is that the club will try to do the best for the team,” he said. “The Champions League is a massive competition but still you have a lot of competitions to play for.
“Good players, the top-class players, they are looking for a good club, not just for one year, for the rest of the seasons of their contract.”