Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told Chelsea to forget about trying to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres.
“(Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich should forget about Torres. Fernando is an Atletico player and will continue to be for many years,” Cerezo told sports daily Marca on Tuesday.
However, Cerezo did confirm that a meeting had taken place between Chelsea’s chief executive Peter Kenyon and Atletico’s leading shareholder Miguel Angel Gil on June 19.
“I can’t talk about this meeting because I wasn’t there but it was the same old story,” Cerezo said. “The person who decides these matters for Atletico is Toni [Munoz] our sports director.
“We could also be interested in Chelsea players,” he added.
According to reports in Spain, Chelsea were looking to secure first option on the 21-year-old as part of a deal to allow Serbia & Montenegro striker Mateja Kezman to move the other way.
Torres has stated he wants to fulfil his contract which runs out in 2008.