Liverpool have told Chelsea that they can forget about trying to save Fernando Torres.
Reports in Spain and England have claimed Chelsea are prepared to smash the world record transfer fee by spending £50million on the striker.
The 24-year-old scored 33 goals in his debut season after arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer, and with reports suggesting that Liverpool might be prepared to cash in on the Spaniard, the club’s co-owner Tom Hicks has moved to end the speculation.
“We would never consider it,” Hicks told the Daily Telegraph.
A spokesman for Hicks The Mirror: “It is simply beyond comprehension. There is no circumstance in which Torres will be sold.
“Why would the owners invest so much money in supporting the manager, to then undermine that support? It is ludicrous.”
Torres has also rejected the speculation saying he is happy to stay at Anfield.
“I am very happy at Liverpool,” said Torres. “I prefer not to think about these stories and to focus on Euro 2008.
“After the Euros I will go on holiday and then return to Liverpool.
“This is my team, my city and Anfield is my pitch. I can’t tell you how good I feel about playing for Liverpool.
“It is so important to me that the fans think so highly of me. It is fantastic to see my name on the shirts of our fans.
“This was only my first season for Liverpool, and I can say without contradiction I want to play better here for many more yet.”