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Chelsea 'paid too much' for ‘star’ Torres: Leboeuf


Fernando Torres. Photo: Getty Images

Fernando Torres. Photo: Getty Images

Fernando Torres. Photo: Getty Images

CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich "paid too much" for Fernando Torres, according to former Stamford Bridge favourite Frank Leboeuf who also suggested that the Spaniard doesn't "deserve to be called a star".

Leboeuf, who spent five seasons at Stamford Bridge, also believes Chelsea's record-breaking £50-million January signing from Liverpool is overrated.

“Nowadays we make somebody a star because they play well for six months," Leboeuf said in an interview with the Daily Star.

“I think the problem is that we make somebody into a star who doesn’t deserve to be called a star. You have to show for three or four years at the top level that you are a star. Didier Drogba is a star, John Terry is a star.

“They’ve been playing for years at the highest level. Torres was at home when he was at Atlético Madrid and he did well at the start at Liverpool.

“So is he a star? I don’t know . . . and if Torres is not a star, maybe Chelsea paid too much for him and he’s not good enough for them. So far that’s what it is.

This is the first time he finds himself at a club where he is not the main player. At Liverpool they were playing for him, at Atlético Madrid as well.

“Chelsea don’t. They’re not playing for him. He has to find his space. Maybe he struggles with that. There are other players there and they are all stars.”

Leboeuf's comments come just days after Torres set up both goals in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

The World Cup winner with France in 1998 added that Torres's problems are in his head.

“He’s a nice guy, he is able to do it but it’s all in his mind,” said Leboeuf. “That’s the difference between a big player and an average player. It’s all up there. If you’re not hungry and angry, you’re done.”