Spanish striker Fernando Torres has been promised by AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi that he will make him one of the best strikers in the world again.
The Daily Mail reports that the Italian had a telephonic conversation with the former Chelsea star before Torres agreed to join AC Milan and told him he should come to Italy to be the player he once was again.
Torres: A shadow of his former
After a three-and-a-half year struggle at Chelsea following his record move from Liverpool, Torres had been a shadow of what he was during his time at Anfield.
Scoring just 45 goals in 172 outings for the Blues, the 30-year-old ended a torrid spell by making a loan move to San Siro.
Torres has taken a huge pay-cut to join the Rossoneri and is reportedly being paid £2.4 million less what he earned at Chelsea just to reignite his career.
Inzaghi has monitored Torres this week in training and is impressed with the quality of the striker and appreciated his desire to do well for the club.
Torres’ new teammate Diego Lopez has also voiced his support for the Spaniard and was quoted by the Metro as saying that Torres would be more useful to the squad than former talisman, Mario Balotelli.
Due to his plummeting form, Torres has also lost his place in the Spanish national team and although coach Vicente del Bosque still believes he is one of the best Spain has ever seen, he has to reward merit over reputation.
Crespo backs Torres
Former Blues forward Hernan Crespo also suffered the same fate when he joined the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2003 but failed to replicate the form he showed for Inter Milan.
The Argentine was then loaned to AC Milan after only one season with Chelsea. Crespo believes Torres is the perfect player to guide the Milan side forward, according to Goal.com.
"Technically, he is a great striker," the former striker commented. "He guarantees presence in the penalty area, he's fast and he attacks the space.
"Considering the midfield Milan have, Torres might just be the perfect man to fit the jigsaw puzzle."
Torres is expected to make his debut as AC Milan faces Parma away in Serie A on Sunday.