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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Blues won't swap Torres for Falcao

ESPN staff

Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has dismissed suggestions that the club are preparing to swap Fernando Torres for Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao.

• Falcao happy despite exit rumours

Reports in sections of the English and Spanish media had suggested that Chelsea were looking to swap Torres - who came through the ranks at the Madrid club, and was appointed captain at 19 - and 15 million for Falcao, as the 50 million Spaniard has struggled for goals at Stamford Bridge since moving from Liverpool at the start of 2011.

Falcao, on the other hand, has enjoyed a hugely successful debut season in Spain after joining from Porto last summer - scoring 35 goals, 12 of which helped guide Atleti to their second Europa League triumph in three years.

Di Matteo, however, dismissed suggestions that Torres will be used as a makeweight in a deal for the Colombian.

"This is only speculation," Di Matteo said. "I have a great relationship with Fernando, and I believe he will be here next season."




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