Jose Mourinho has played down suggestions Fernando Torres could be on his way out of Chelsea, but also admitted an interest in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Mourinho was officially unveiled as the Blues manager for a second time on Monday, having previously steered the team to five major titles during his three-year stay between 2004 and 2007.
Questions have been asked about Torres' future at Stamford Bridge following some less than impressive performances since his arrival in 2011, and the return of Mourinho, tipped to have a £100million transfer kitty at his disposal, has further cast doubt on the Spaniard's stay in west London.
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss, though, is hopeful of reviving the 29-year-old's fortunes, saying: "Fernando is more than happy to stay and work hard. If the best for all of us is for Fernando to stay, let's help him and try and get the best out of him."
The Portuguese tactician also admitted his admiration for Rooney, who is reportedly ready to leave United, but would not discuss any more than the England international's qualities as a footballer.
"I learned a few things. One of them is I don't comment on players from other teams. No chance. No chance," Mourinho said.
But then he continued: "I think he's at a fantastic age. Again, for a player, maturity, big experience, still young... It's up to him and what he wants, what makes him happy. A little bit like me: he doesn't need one more pound in his contract; one more cup won't make a difference.
"Be happy. Where is he happy? Where will he find more happiness to have ambition and drive him? I like him as a boy. I wish him well and hope he is happy."
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