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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 8, 2011

Arnesen: Torres can inspire youngsters

Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen believes the arrival of Fernando Torres can inspire Chelsea's young players.

Torres, a £50million signing from Liverpool, failed to sparkle on his debut against his former club on Sunday.

However, Arnesen claims the presence of the Spain striker can only be good news all round for the Stamford Bridge club.

The Dane explained: "If you can get one of the best strikers in the world to the club everyone is happy. This can give inspiration - a European and world champion, one of the greatest strikers in the world.

"Young players need to have examples, stars. They think 'I can maybe train with Torres' and they've trained with (Didier) Drogba for seven years.

"All the young players can learn a lot from them and will do it every day. I only see that as a plus.

"Because we bring players in, it doesn't close the door for others. We have to make sure the other boys are good enough when the time is right."

The 54-year-old knows Chelsea "will always sign players" but believes they are making great strides developing their own talent.

He continued on BBC Radio Five Live: "When Roman (Abramovich, owner) set up the academy he always believed in it and gave us time - but on the other hand he knows, wants and demands we win. So you will always sign players from outside.

"When I spoke to him I asked him what he wanted from me and he said 'in 2010 if we can get a player into the first team squad I will be satisfied'.

"But if you want to be top you need to have the best players, if you have a lot of youth you probably won't win a lot of trophies - but it's up to the philosophy of club. We want to win everything every year, obviously we need the best players."

Arnesen believes the future is bright adding: "This summer five players came into the first-team squad - Daniel Sturridge is now 21, so he's the oldest of the younger talent. Also there is Jeffrey Bruma, Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Josh McEachran.

"I've watched Josh since he was 12, when I came here. I've followed him and saw then he was a big, big talent. But you never know how far it goes...how will a player cope when he gets up to the youth team?

"He did some very good things on tour in pre-season and maybe in half a year we will have to consider him going on loan, probably a little bit sooner to a Premier League club than Sturridge or Kakuta."

On his own role, Arnesen added: "I've been grateful for everything I've done here and been asked to do.

"There are fantastic people working at the highest level in all departments. It's been a fantastic experience.

"Have I been a success? It's not up to me to say, but I've had a very nice time."

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