Fernando Torres reveals why he had to leave Chelsea

Fernando Torres May 2012

Fernando Torres has spoken to Spanish publication AS on the need to leave Chelsea and start a new chapter in Milan.

Spanish international striker Fernando Torres has arrived in Milan and is ready to kick-start a new phase in his career with the Rossoneri.

The former Atletico Madrid striker had fallen out of favour at Chelsea and found his opportunities limited due to the summer arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.

With just two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract, he has signed a two-year loan deal with the Serie A giants – effectively putting an end to his spell with the Blues.

On arriving at the San Siro, he spoke to Spanish publication AS of his need to leave Jose Mourinho’s side and grasp the opportunity to feel important on the field once more.

“That’s football, it’s not always things go the way you want therefore I needed a new challenge, a new adventure, and a club that is willing to give me the opportunity to feel important for the team," he said.

“This is a perfect club. It’s a very good opportunity for me and a big responsibility," he added.

Torres will look back on his time in West London with mixed emotions as highs – such as Champions League and Europa League success in 2012 and 2013 successively – were often overshadowed by the lows of finding himself out of the matchday squad altogether.

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Since making his then-£50 million British record transfer to Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011, he went on to find the net just 20 times in 110 Premier League appearances.

Serie A outfit Milan will be hoping that their new striker can rediscover the form he showed in his early Premier League days, as the club bids to return to the Champions League next season.

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