Speaking to Portuguese radio station TSF, Villas-Boas said: “We have been through the Torres situation before with Shevchenko and Kezman. We continue to work on his motivation, his specific movements on the field and his trust. There is only one atmosphere which will make him regain his trust, and that is a competitive atmosphere.”
Since joining from Liverpool in a £50m transfer last January Torres has found the net on only five occasions in his 48 appearances. Shevchenko and Kezman, both signed during Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Chelsea boss, managed 22 goals in 77 games and seven in 45 respectively.
Both Shevchenko and Kezman had been prolific at their previous clubs, with the Ukrainian on target 157 times in 269 games for Italian side Milan, while Kezman netted 111 goals in 153 games for PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands. But after struggling at Chelsea both Shevchenko and Kezman were allowed to depart, the former to first club Dynamo Kiev, where he still plays, and the latter to Fenerbahce of Turkey. After a spell with Paris Saint-Germain, Kezman retired in January 2012 following moves to Belarusian club Bate Borisov and two short stays with South China.
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