Spanish international Fernando Torres claims that he was not forced out of Chelsea in the summer and that it was his decision to leave the club.
Torres joined AC Milan in the final few days of the summer transfer window. This was not very surprising since the forward had been linked with a move away from the West London club for a long time. After having come to Chelsea for £ 50 million, Torres was regarded as one of the greatest flops in the history of football. He managed just over 20 league goals in his three years at the club.
This poor form consistently reduced his importance within the team. The nail in the coffin, though, came when the club signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid for £ 32 million. Torres straightaway knew that the Spanish international, who made a fantastic start to his life at Chelsea unlike Torres, to be the first choice in the years to come. He made the decision to move with AC Milan interested in his services. Even though Torres is yet to recapture the form of his Liverpool days since moving to the Italian club, he has been getting a lot of headlines.
Torres says that his relationship with Jose Mourinho continues to remain good after having played for the Portuguese for only one season.“Mourinho has always been good to me. The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important.Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other.I’ve said it many times, I won’t go to Atletico to retire. I will go if I have motivation to compete because the Atletico of today is very different than when I was there.I follow them every weekend. It [returning] is an option that isn’t real,” said Torres.