Martin Broughton Admits Fernando Torres Could Leave Liverpool This Summer

George HouseContributor IMay 31, 2010

SCHRUNS, AUSTRIA - MAY 31:  Fernando Torres of Spain looks on during a training session on May 31, 2010 in Schruns, Austria.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton is alleged to have privately admitted that the future at Anfield looks so bleak that it might well be better for Fernando Torres if the club sold him.

Broughton, a Chelsea fan, apparently made the remarks at the West London club's Player of the Year awards dinner earlier this month.

Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson has claimed in the Mail on Sunday that Broughton, when asked about the Spaniard, did not refuse to rule out his imminent sale.

“I saw Martin Broughton at Chelsea’s Player of the Year dinner and he refused to tell me that we weren’t going to sell Torres,” Jackson said.

"He said, ‘At the moment, he’s still on board, but it’s going to take three years to turn the club around.'"

Publicly, Liverpool have maintained that the Broughton, also the chairman of British Airways, has always stated on the record that there is no chance of the club selling Torres this summer.

However, the report that privately he might have conceded that the Spaniard may have to move on is sure to cause even more concern about the health of the club amongst its supporters.