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By ESPN Staff

Atletico aiming to keep hold of striker Torres

MADRID, July 18 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Fernando Torres despite speculation that the Spain striker will leave the club during the close season.

'At the moment we have not received any offers for Fernando Torres,' club president Enrique Cerezo was quoted as saying in sports daily Marca on Tuesday.

'If Fernando Torres ends up leaving Atletico it will be because he wants to, because we have no intention of selling him.

'If a club does make an offer for Fernando we will listen to it, as we do with any player, but that does not mean we will accept it.'

Atletico coach Javier Aguirre has said he has spoken to Torres and that the player would give no guarantee he would stay.

But the Mexican made it clear that he wants the 22-year-old to remain at the club.

'Fernando and Atletico have very strong links,' Aguirre told Marca on Tuesday. 'Atletico need him and he needs Atletico.'

Torres, who was one of Spain's most impressive performers at the World Cup, has been Atletico's top scorer in each of the last four seasons.

Spanish and English media have reported that Manchester United are preparing a bid for the striker.