Torres: I felt useless at Chelsea

The AC Milan striker insists he still speaks regularly to Jose Mourinho but had to leave Stamford Bridge because he “needed more”

Torres: I left Chelsea to feel important

Fernando Torres says he ditched Chelsea for AC Milan in the summer because he did not feel important at Stamford Bridge.

The striker joined the Blues for what was in January 2011 a British record transfer fee of £50 million, having seen his remarkable early standards at Liverpool suffer a dip.

Torres failed to return to his goalscoring peak and never truly justified his price-tag during his three and a half years at the west London side.

After Chelsea signed in-form forward Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2014-15 season, Torres opted to join Milan on a two-year loan deal and has now claimed the decision was not motivated by any falling-out with Jose Mourinho.

“Mourinho has always been good to me,” Torres told Cuatro. “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.”

Speculation was rife during the summer that Torres could return to Atletico Madrid but the 30-year-old claims such a move was never an option.

“There wasn’t a genuine option to return,” he added. “The media speculated it and I didn’t like that.

“I’ve said it many times: I won’t go to Atletico to retire. I will go if I have motivation to compete because their team today is very different than when I was there.

“I follow them every weekend, but they were never an option that were real.”

Torres has scored once in seven appearances for Milan, who have made an inconsistent start to the 2014-15 season.

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