New AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi wooed Fernando Torres to the San Siro by promising to make him one of the best players in the world again, reports The Daily Mail.
In a phone call prior to the announcement of the transfer, the Italian called the former Atletico Madrid striker telling him he could also restore him to his old position of talisman of the Spanish national team.
The Spaniard, who leaves the Premier League for Serie A after seven years of English soil, will replace Mario Balotelli after the Italian left for Torres’ old club Liverpool earlier in the summer.
After struggling for form since joining Chelsea back in January 2011, he departs hoping to lead the Italian giants back to the top of the division after a 8th place finish last term.
After Clarence Seedorf failed to make the most of his first role in management – being relieved of his duties in June – many raised eyebrows at the decision to appoint yet another novice as first team coach.
However, after a difficult pre-season where they were hammered by Premier League champions Manchester City, the former striker has impressed in the job and guided them to a convincing victory against Lazio on the opening day of the season.
He was shrewd in the transfer market, bringing in Diego Lopez from Real Madrid after the 32-year-old had fallen behind both Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas in the pecking order.
Jeremy Menez and Alex were both signed from French giants Paris St Germain fresh from winning a second consecutive league title, whilst Torres’ Chelsea teammate Marco Van Ginkel also swapped London for Milan – albeit on a season-long loan deal.
Tenacious to terrible
If Inzaghi does get Torres back to the level of old then Milan would have a genuine chance of lifting a first Scudetto since 2011.
Whilst on Merseyside he shot to stardom as one of the best striker’s on the planet, becoming the fastest player to hit 50 goals for the Reds and almost ending their agonising wait for a league title in 2009 – only to be pipped by Manchester United instead.
His 81 goals in 142 appearances endeared him to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, with the Russian then parting with a British record sum of £50million for his services believing to be gaining the best in the business.
However despite winning the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League his time at Stamford Bridge has seen him decline into a shadow of the player of old, with the arrival of Diego Costa proving to be the final straw.
A move to Milan is now done and dusted and the Spaniard will be hoping more than anyone that Inzaghi keeps his word and transforms him back to the feared forward of days gone by.