Fernando Torres will accept bench role - Benitez

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres may face new competition for his place. Photo: PA

Rafael Benitez is confident that Fernando Torres will accept sitting on the bench if Chelsea bring in another striker during the January transfer window.

With Liverpool-bound Daniel Sturridge having been out of favour for most of the season, Torres has been a constant fixture in the Blues team, starting every league game.

Although he has performed better of late, there is no doubt that Torres is still short of the form he exhibited under Benitez at Liverpool.

Chelsea have been linked with a number of strikers, with Radamel Falcao, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle all reported to be on Benitez's radar as he attempts to bring in some competition for the former Atletico Madrid man.

With the transfer window now open, it seems only a matter of time before Chelsea land one of their targets and when they do Benitez insists Torres will understand that he will be rotated.

"We are trying to manage the team so when I can change Fernando I will do it," Chelsea's interim manager said.

"We will try to manage him and hopefully we can do things properly.

"He wants the team winning games and he understands that is the way so he will accept this."

Chelsea yesterday held what were described as "unproductive" talks with Ba's representatives after entering the race to sign the Newcastle striker.

One thing Chelsea have on their side in negotiations is the fact that they will almost certainly be able to offer the 27-year-old UEFA Champions League football next season.

Indeed should Chelsea sign Ba, he may well end up being involved in a title challenge for the second half of the season.