Fernando Torres has rubbished claims of a falling out with Jose Mourinho, insisting that he had a good relationship with the Chelsea manager.
The Spanish striker departed west London to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal towards the end of the transfer window, but is adamant that it wasn't because of a breakdown with the Portuguese tactician.
Torres endured a frustrating three-and-a-half year spell at Stamford Bridge, netting a measly 45 goals in 172 appearances for the Blues; a poor return for the £50 million the club paid to sign him from Liverpool on January deadline day in 2011.
During his solitary season under the tutelage of Mourinho the 30-year-old contributed just five goals in 28 Premier League appearances, prompting the Chelsea boss to bemoan his lack of firepower in attack in 2013/14, with Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o also failing to hit top form.
All three players ended up leaving the club during the transfer window, but Torres is firm in his belief that he exited on positive terms with his former manager.
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"I had a very good relationship with Jose," he told reporters at his first official AC Milan press conference. "When I was signed by Milan he wished me all the best.
"He spoke about the passion that the city of Milan has for football and that I would settle in well. I learnt a lot from him as a coach. Perhaps in the future our paths will meet again."
Mourinho also vouched for the Spain international's unwavering professionalism, even during times where he found himself out of the team, providing AC Milan coach Pippo Inzaghi with an unblemished reference for the newly acquired striker.
"I think it's a philosophy for success," Torres added. "If you can get a strong group of characters and bond them together then everything is easier. The football is one part, but acting like a professional is equally important.
"I appreciate those words and I don't think I need to say anything else. We are professionals and always have to have that attitude when you play or when you do not play. I've had great teammates who have taught me how to behave in every situation."
Looking to the future
Torres arrives at the San Siro as a direct replacement for Mario Balotelli after the Italian striker returned to the Premier League to join another of the ex-Chelsea man's former clubs Liverpool in a £16 million deal.
The two-year loan deal agreed between Milan and Chelsea will take Torres to the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge, where -all being well - he'll then be expected to sign permanent free transfer terms with the Serie 'A' giants.