Torres calls Chelsea ‘slow’ and ‘old’

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Updated: September 12, 2011

Fernando Torres is being asked by manager André Villas-Boas to explain his description of his Chelsea team-mates as ‘slow’ and ‘old’ in an interview he gave to the Spanish media.

Chelsea sanctioned the interview for the website of the Spanish league last week and a translated version has since appeared on the official website of Torres in which he says that the signing of Juan Mata from Valencia was necessary as his other team-mates “play very slowly”.

Villas-Boas has yet to announce his line-up for tomorrow’s champions league clash with Bayer Leverkusen and said that he did not offer Torres an explanation for dropping him on Saturday having insisted before the game that he would have no reservations about benching the striker.

Torres has failed to find any form since his £50m transfer from Liverpool in January and his exclusion on Saturday was underlined by his replacement Daniel Sturridge scoring to seal a 2-1 win over Sunderland, capping a rough week for the 27 year old who was not even called up for Spain’s European qualifier with Lichtenstein.

Chelsea are currently seeking a copy of the interview in Spanish after Torres said he was not translated accurately but as the club sanctioned the interview he cannot be fined, instead Villas-Boas said he would warn the Spaniard against speaking so candidly about his team-mates in future.

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