FERNANDO Torres is the man to spearhead Chelsea's attack next season.

So says Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay , despite the Spanish striker's outburst following his omission from the starting line-up in the Champions League final at the weekend.

Torres said he needed assurances about his future after one of 'the worst moments of his career'.

But Gourlay has played down the comments, and insists the former Liverpool frontman, who has managed just 12 goals in 67 games since his switch from Anfield, has a big part to play next campaign.

He said: "Fernando Torres is the man that we will go forward with and Fernando Torres will score us the goals.

"Have no doubt that Fernando Torres is a world?class centre-forward. We've just won the Champions League and Fernando Torres played his part in that.

“It's not all about goals. It's not just about the individual scoring goals  … Fernando's teamwork, he is a very, very important player. And I think you will see Fernando Torres score many goals for Chelsea.” 

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