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Mourinho rules out taking Fernando Torres back from AC Milan

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Jose Mourinho was very candid when asked if woefully out of form striker Fernando Torres would be returning to Chelsea during the January window:

"No"

He was then asked if AC Milan were indeed seeking to send the player back to Chelsea, to which he responded:

"I don't know, but he's on loan for two seasons at AC Milan. He's our player but he's on loan. We have no space for players in the list. Either in the Champions League or Premier League. That's an impossible picture."

"But I have to say, nobody from AC Milan made contact with us thinking about that possibility, so probably nothing is true and, more than possibly, he's happy at Milan and Milan to have him."

I very much doubt AC Milan are happy to have the player anymore, as he's been as awful there as he was during his 3-1/2 years with the Blues. Actually, he could well have gotten worse since taking his talents to Italy.

That said, there's very little chance that Chelsea included a clause in the loan allowing the Italian side to back out early, especially given that Chelsea didn't ask for anything other than wage relief. There's also very little chance that AC Milan will be able to send the player on loan elsewhere, as Chelsea are unlikely to find another team out there willing to take on Torres' wages.

Sorry Milan, I think you're stuck with Fernando Torres for the next 18 months.