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Di Matteo to persevere with Torres

Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has vowed to persevere with Fernando Torres for as long as it takes for the striker to rediscover his best form.

• Del Bosque open to Torres return
• Terry ready to return

If Torres does not score within nine minutes of taking the field in his next appearance then he will have gone 24 hours without finding the back of the net - a hugely disappointing return for a player who cost £50 million in 2011.

Alan Shearer suggested earlier this week that Torres may need a move away from Stamford Bridge if he is to turn his career around, but Di Matteo has no interest in letting the Spaniard leave.

"I will persevere as long as it takes. Persevere, persevere. He's a team player. If he doesn't score and someone else does, that's fine by me," he said. "If Petr Cech scores and we win 1-0, I'm happy. It will come. When you work hard in life on a football pitch, it will come.

"I have total confidence in him - 100%, 200%, whatever you want to call it. We have a squad and everybody is very important. I will try to utilise all the players we have and try to select for each game those who are appropriate for that game.

"We have 20 internationals, so your bench will be internationals and some not even on the bench."

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