On-loan Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted that once the club signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, he knew his time at Stamford Bridge was over.
The Spaniard finally ended his torrid career in West London by securing a two-year loan deal with Italian side AC Milan, and in a recent interview, he admitted that signing Costa was the final nail in his coffin at the club.
Chelsea spent £50 million, which was a British transfer record at the time, on signing Torres from Liverpool, after he set the Premier League alight with his goal-scoring record and his performances. But since arriving in London, the striker struggled to settle and couldn't match his Liverpool days.
The 30-year-old, who scored 65 goals in 102 appearances for Liverpool, only managed to score 20-goals in 110 Chelsea performances, and that goals-to-games ratio eventually ended up securing his exit from the club.
Jose Mourinho was very open all of last season about his lack of firepower up front, and since then, he has signed three new strikers, and sold every striker that was at the club last season.
Demba Ba joined Besiktas, Samuel Eto'o was released and eventually joined Everton and now Torres has joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, which will then see his contract end at Stamford Bridge, meaning he will be free to join Milan on a permanent deal.
As well as the trio leaving, Mourinho also sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28 million, and then signed Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy.
Speaking in a recent interview, Torres admitted that he knew his time was up at The Bridge after Costa was signed, but has stated that he is now fully focused on taking Milan back to the top of Italian football.
“Obviously I could see what the season at Chelsea was going to be," he said. "They signed a striker that was expecting to play and I need to have this feeling of being important.
"I want to thank my two English clubs, Liverpool for bringing me to the Premier League and Chelsea for the trophies I won.
“After all these years, however, I needed a change, something that would give me the desire to play, to feel important.
“AC Milan is all I needed, a great club with great fans where I will try to shine and come back myself. We need to return to the first three (Serie A teams) and I want to get back my past levels.
“I'm happy to be here, I can't wait to begin. I played in La Liga and in the Premier League, now I am in the third most important league in Europe.”