The Liverpool manager, Roy Hodgson, has said that the club's star striker and prize asset, Fernando Torres, is not for sale at any price after talks with the player in Spain.
The 26-year-old has been the subject of persistent speculation linking him with a transfer away from Anfield this summer. Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona have all been mentioned as potential destinations but Hodgson, having met Torres this week, has emphasised his determination to keep him.
"I have met with Fernando. I found him to be a very pleasant man and we had a nice conversation," said Hodgson, who is now at Liverpool's pre-season training camp in Switzerland. "As far as we are concerned he is a Liverpool player and we want him to remain a Liverpool player. He is not for sale and we don't welcome any offers for him.
"We want to keep him. My conversation with him was only short because I had to leave to come to the training camp in Switzerland. We spoke about football, the World Cup, his injury, and I told him how much I am looking forward to working with him.
"Christian Purslow was also at the meeting and chatted to Fernando for a lot longer after I left but my chat with him was only about football matters."
Hodgson took charge at Liverpool a fortnight ago but had been unable to meet Torres due to the centre-forward's duty with Spain at the World Cup in South Africa.
tbh I was pretty sure he wasn't going anywhere, especially after that injury, but it's nice to hear it from Hodgson.
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