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Anzhi's Hiddink cools Torres bid talk

March 14, 2013
By ESPN staff

Anzhi Makhachkala manager Guus Hiddink has played down speculation that the ambitious Russian club could bid for Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres.

Torres missed a number of chances in Chelsea's draw with Sparta Prague
GettyImagesTorres has had a tough time at Stamford Bridge

Spanish forward Torres has had a torrid time since his £50 million move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool, and even the arrival of his former Anfield manager Rafa Benitez has done little to revive his fortunes.

He has had the unwavering support of Blues owner Roman Abramovich, but reports suggest he could be moved on in the summer.

Anzhi have been linked with a bid if that happens, but Hiddink, preparing his side for the second leg of their Europa League clash with Newcastle, said: "It's interesting. With Anzhi it means that it’s always: 'Oh the club has a lot of money, oh the club has a lot of prestige.'

"Everyone is linked who wants to make a move, or an agent who wants to make a move - it's a game.

"Players or agents sometimes have interests to be linked to other clubs or to get a better contract of their own. I can assure you there is no single approach to any player at this moment."

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