Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said Fernando Torres was still worth the £50 million ($79 million) spent on bringing him in from Liverpool, Sky Sports reported.

The Spanish striker will face his old team for the first time Sunday still looking to justify his weighty transfer fee, which was a record in a deal between two English Premier League clubs.

He has scored only five times in 30 appearances since leaving Liverpool for London in January.

But Villas-Boas defended Torres' record ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge and said the measure of the 27-year-old forward's value should be broader.

"It's not just a question of numbers and goal scoring. It's about how you make your team perform around you," Villas-Boas said. "He's one of the best [with] assists at the club, four or five. He's assisting people and the team are getting wins out of it."

Villas-Boas inherited Torres from the previous regime, though the transfer was reportedly driven forward by owner Roman Abramovich rather than former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

But Villas-Boas gave the signing a ringing endorsement. Asked if he would still pay the same amount for Torres today, he replied, "Of course."

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