Man City and Chelsea tried to sign Torres

Benitez has hailed Torres as preiceless following his hat-trick against Hull City at the weekend.

“How much is he worth?” said Benitez. “Well at least £70million, you would say.

“I’m not saying he’s the best in the world because he is young and can get better, but of course he is one of the best, and he can still improve if he wants to.

“This year we had some agents acting for other English clubs who were coming to us asking about the price of Torres, with big, big figures, but we said that he’s not for sale.

“I would say at this moment in time he is not for sale at any price.”