Chelsea FC latest transfer news: Torres to remain at club?
Last week Sports Bulletin reported there were strong rumours of the possibility of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sacking manager Roberto Di Matteo, to which this morning’s reports can qualify although what signalled the beginning of the cold, merciless betrayal of Roberto Di Matteo?
Taking into account Di Matteo’s accolades as Chelsea manager there was little to criticise other than a current run of bad form, which many put down to problems up front with Fernando Torres, Abramovich’s ‘favourite player’.
With an FA Cup and Champions League title under his belt fans and critics alike put faith in the Italian former coach as the right man for the job, who took over the reigns from his bungling predecessor Andre Villas Boas just 12 months ago.
Many media outlets placed the poor display in recent performances on the head of Fernando Torres, a player brought in for £50m who never lived up to his price tag, a player which Di Matteo left out of his team for last night clash in Turn.
Chelsea lost 3-0 to Italian champions Juventus in their group game opening up the possibility of the Blues becoming the only holding club to drop out at this stage of the competition, a milestone Di Matteo will have to suffer so shortly after European and domestic cup glory.
The club released a stamen on it’s official website claiming Di Matteo was not pulling in the right direction, regardless of the failure of Fernado Torres to score, it said:
”The team’s recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.”
The question then becomes will Abramovich follow suit and do away with Fernando Torres or risk keeping the £50m hit man under the guidance of a new manager, to be named this week?
Rumour has it that Falcao of Atletico Madrid, another player valued at £50m, is being lined up as Torres’s’ replacement, should the Russian owner cut his losses and make the second biggest signing in Premier League history.