I don't need Torres, says Ancelotti

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Chelsea's manager Carlo Ancelotti, who hopes to complete the first leg of a Premier League and FA Cup Double this afternoon, says the club are so well off for strikers that they do not need to bid for Liverpool's Fernando Torres this summer.

Recent reports suggested they made an enquiry but when asked about signing him, Ancelotti said: "No, I don't think so, because with [Didier] Drogba and [Nicolas] Anelka it's too similar. Torres is a fantastic player but it's better to grow players with this ability in the academy. We have a very good squad for next season. It's not an old team, we have players with experience, ability and skills. After the FA Cup final we will have a meeting with Roman [Abramovich] and take a decision about next season."

Liverpool's chairman Martin Broughton – a Chelsea fan – insists they do not need to sell Torres or Steven Gerrard, who interests Real Madrid, despite declaring debts of more than £350m on Friday. Jamie Carragher will join Gerrard in England's provisional World Cup squad of 30 on Tuesday after reconsidering his retirement from international football.

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