Saturday, April 24, 2010

Benitez assures Torres is happy and not for sale

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has claimed star striker Fernando Torres is happy at Anfield, despite rumours of a £60 million move.

Manchester City had been rumoured to be readying the summer move, with City boss Roberto Mancini admitting on Thursday that every club in Europe would want the 26-year-old Spaniard.

"Torres is happy," insisted Benitez.

"The thing he's thinking about now is being ready as soon as possible and that's it.

"From the beginning he's said he's been very happy at Anfield."

Mancini's comments provoked a scathing response from Benitez, who added: "We have said repeatedly that Fernando is not for sale and he still has three years of his contract remaining.

"So how can they sign a player who does not wish to leave? Fernando is happy at Liverpool so I don't see a problem."

With Torres injured David Ngog started up front in the Europa League defeat by Atletico Madrid - but Liverpool failed to have a single shot on target.

He added: "On this occasion it's true both teams had opportunities to score, and Atletico had opportunities to get a second goal.

"I would love to have had more strikers, but I didn't have Torres this time."

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