Fernando Torres: José Mourinho didn't force me out of Chelsea | inside World Soccer

Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres insists it was his decision to join AC Milan in the summer and not down to Blues manager José Mourinho.

The 30-year-old Spaniard brought his disastrous three-and-a-half year spell at Stamford Bridge to an end during the summer by joining Milan on a two-year loan.

Mourinho signed strikers Diego Costa, Loïc Rémy, and Didier Drogba but Torres claims it was himself that decided he had had enough of his struggles at Chelsea.

Torres said in an interview with Spanish TV channel Cuatro: "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."

Last summer there was also speculation that Torres would return to his boyhood club Atlético Madrid, but the Spaniard dismissed such talk.

He added: "There wasn't a real option to return. They speculated with it and I didn't like that.

"I've said it many times, I won't go to Atlético to retire. I will go if I have motivation to compete because the Atlético of today is very different than when I was there.

"I follow them every weekend. It is an option that isn't real."


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