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Benitez rejects four bids for Torres by lfctalk
July 12, 2009, 11:11
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It has been reported today that Rafael Benitez has turned down four massive bids for Fernando Torres – and has also declared the striker not for sale at any price.

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all reportedly ready to pay upwards of £60m for the striker.

Benitez was told by the club’s American owners that the decision was entirely down to him to make.

“We have had some very big offers for some of our key players this summer – and that includes Fernando Torres.” Benitez is quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.

“Clubs wanted Fernando and we were contacted by agents working for those clubs. But we always knew that when a bid came in we would say ‘no.’ The main thing was that Torres wanted to stay here. People knew the player wanted to stay, but it did not stop clubs trying.” he said.

“Football has changed and there is big, big money around. But we still have the same idea to keep the spine of the team and work hard for next season.”

“In football and life you cannot guarantee anything, that is a fact.”

“I don’t want to speak about United selling Ronaldo to Real Madrid because he is not my player and they are not my team.”

“But what I will say is that we wanted to send out a message that Liverpool are a strong team and that we want to improve. You don’t improve by selling your best players.”

Torres, who was signed from Atletico Madrid, who not entertain the idea of moving back to Spain to play for his former club’s rivals. Nor would he countenance the idea of playing for Manchester United, given their status as Liverpool’s number one rivals.

Manchester City had two bids for the frontman turned down last season and Torres is unlikely to make it third time lucky for the cash rich club.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with Torres on several occasions in the past and would be the most likely winners in a battle for his signature – should he be made available.

Torres had been reported as unhappy with life in Liverpool, but he has moved to dismiss those claims – especially as they said he wished to live in London.

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