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Monday 25 September 2017

Torres will remain at Anfield insists agent Five-star Argentina on track

Fernando Torres's agent has assured Liverpool fans the Spain striker "will continue at Liverpool next season".

Speculation has suggested many of Europe's most powerful clubs have been circling the prolific forward, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid strongly linked with the striker.

However, despite Liverpool's disappointing seventh-placed finish in the Premier League, Torres's agent Jose Antonio Peton told a radio station in Spain: "For the moment I can assure fans that Fernando will continue at Liverpool next season.

"Everything is down to Liverpool's attitude, but for the time being Fernando is happy at the club and has a good contract.

"Liverpool have not spoken to us about his future, so he is just concentrating on playing at the World Cup."



Moratti faces facts with Jose

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is remaining calm despite the likelihood that his club is about to lose coach Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese tactician led Inter to the best season in the club's history with a Coppa Italia, Serie A and Champions League treble.

But Mourinho, who is under contract until June 2012, has a get-out clause in his deal that he is expected to exercise as he continues to be heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Moratti said: "There's always hope but we have to respect the wish of a person who already thinks his task has expired."

Mourinho admitted after Saturday's defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Madrid that he was keen to fill a post at the Bernabeu, even though the manager's job is still occupied by Manuel Pellegrini.

Mourinho is set to meet Moratti in the next 48 hours to decide his future.

"I prefer to have a personal meeting rather than having others mediate," said Moratti. "That meeting has not taken place. It will take place in the next few days."

Several coaches have been linked with Inter as a replacement for Mourinho, but Manchester City's Roberto Mancini is not one of them. Moratti has ruled out a return to the San Siro for Mancini.

"No, I don't think that for him this is the path to follow," he said. "I believe he is happy in England, that he likes living in England, and to bring him back in this difficult situation would be offensive."



Five-star Argentina on track

Maxi Rodriguez scored twice as Argentina routed Canada 5-0 yesterday in their final match on home soil before heading to the World Cup.

Winger Angel Di Maria, striker Carlos Tevez and substitute Sergio Aguero also scored in front of a 55,000 crowd at the Monumental stadium against a Canada side who were overwhelmed at times by the speed and precision of Argentina's attacks.

Midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron sounded a note of caution, however, saying Argentina's Group B rivals Nigeria, South Korea and Greece will provide much stiffer opposition.

"We managed to open a defence that remained packed at the back, and whoever your rivals are that's hard to achieve," second-half substitute Veron told reporters.

"We were patient and then with more space the goals came. It was a practice match with a crowd," added playmaker Veron, who is going to his third finals after 1998 and 2002.

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