Football – Torres keen on Mourinho
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is excited by the prospect of playing under Jose Mourinho
The outgoing Real Madrid boss is widely expected to take charge at Stamford Bridge for a second time after the Spanish season ends next weekend.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez will now relinquish control following the end of the club’s post-season tour of the United States.
The club have not commented on reports a deal for Mourinho has already been struck but the flamboyant Portuguese does appear to be the only name seriously in the frame.
Torres said: “We will see what happens. Everyone is expecting the new manager now and looking forward to next season. I am sure it is going to be a great season. We are just waiting for the name of the new manager.
“It looks like Jose is one of the managers who can come to Chelsea. Everyone is talking about that, we will see. If he comes it will be great to have the chance to work for him and it will be a big challenge for everyone.”
With the new man arriving soon, Torres distanced himself from any suggestion he might be dependent on Benitez.
Much of the 29-year-old’s Chelsea career, since his £50million move from Liverpool in January 2011, has made for tortured viewing.
But since Benitez, under whom the forward excelled at Anfield, took temporary charge at the club last November, Torres has looked less uncomfortable.
He ended the campaign with a good return of 23 goals and he played his part as the Blues finished a difficult season well by winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League.