'Best to come from Torres' says Kalou

Salomon Kalou has given Chelsea strike partner Fernando Torres a ringing endorsement, insisting the Spaniard's best was yet to come.

And Torres' management company also declared the £50m man was finally being treated in the way he "deserves" at Stamford Bridge.

Kalou had no doubt Torres, who laid on his winner in Tuesday's Champions League victory at Benfica, would ultimately prove a huge success at Chelsea.

"I'm glad he's playing, he's enjoying," Kalou said. "For me, he's still the striker he used to be and he just has to keep doing the hard work and the best is to come."

Spain striker Torres is beginning to show glimpses of the talent that saw Chelsea make him the most expensive player ever transferred between British clubs when they signed him from Liverpool.

He has started four of the Blues' seven matches since Roberto Di Matteo took charge, having played second fiddle to Didier Drogba under Andre Villas-Boas.

There is a long way to go before Torres can be said to have been worth the money spent on him, especially as there is still a discernible lack of confidence in front of goal.

Torres is likely to return to the bench for today's Premier League game at Aston Villa, with Di Matteo set to continue to rotate his weary squad in a manner that appears to be meeting with their approval. Defender Branislav Ivanovic remains a doubt with a thigh injury.