Jose Mourinho has admitted he tried to convince Fernando Torres to sign for Inter Milan but failed to stop the striker joining AC MIlan.
Speaking for the first time since Torres departed Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea manager stated that the 30-year-old was in need of a change of scenery after a turbulent spell in west London.
Torres eventually moved to AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, finally allowing Chelsea to striker at least part his £175,000-a-week wages off the bill. The Blues will continue paying a portion of his contract throughout the loan spell.
Although Mourinho is happy that Torres has been able to seal a much-needed transfer, he did admit that, ideally, the Spaniard would have signed for the other team to occupy the San Siro: Inter Milan. Mourinho tried to help out his former club by talking them up to Torres, but admits he could not convince him.
"I'm an Interista and I would have preferred if he'd gone to Inter," the Portuguese stated at a Uefa coaching seminar in Nyon. "However, I hope that he does equally well at Milan.
Mourinho took the reins at Inter Milan in 2008 having left Chelsea in 2007. He helped deliver a famous treble, including a Champions League trophy, before leaving to manage Real Madrid. Since his spell, Inter have fallen far from their success, helping to install Mourinho as a divine figure.
Torres could not be further from Mourinho in terms of reputation. Having cost Chelsea £50 million in 2011, the Spaniard never found his best goal scoring form at Stamford Bridge. Torres managed just 20 goals in 110 Premier League appearances for the Blues and became somewhat of a laughing stock amongst Chelsea's rivals.
However, Mourinho could not have spoken more highly of Torres insisting the player still has the right attitude to get back to his best.
Mourinho continued: "What I can say about Fernando is that as a person and a professional, there is nothing to doubt about him.
"He's a fantastic boy and a great professional. However, he needed a change of scenery."
Torres watched his new team for the first time as they beat Lazio 3-1 in the San Siro. Having sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool earlier this summer, Torres should be given plenty of chances to impress Filippo Inzaghi.