Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says he was not forced out of the club this summer - insisting it was his decision to join AC Milan.
The £50 million striker never truly delivered at Stamford Bridge, and says he felt the need to leave in order to feel ‘important’. He's currently on loan in Italy on a two year deal, which will take him up to the end of his current contract with the Blues.
Chelsea signed Diego Costa and Didier Drogba over the summer, while Loic Remy was brought in from Newcastle soon after Torres departed. The Spaniard says he felt the need to move on in order to feel like the main man once again. He also added that Mourinho didn't play a role in his decision, and didn't force him out of the club.
"Mourinho has always been good to me," Torres said. The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important. Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other.”
Torres also revealed that a return to Atletico Madrid was never on the cards.
The Blues still have plenty of problems in attack, with Diego Costa still struggling for fitness. The Telegraph say a mysterious groin problem is troubling him, while Loic Remy is also a doubt to face QPR. That leaves Didier Drogba to lead the line once more.
The doctor of the Spain national team claimed that the Chelsea striker had no problems while on international duty, but he was unable to line up against Manchester United. He was left out of the win over Shrewsbury in mid-week, which meant veteran forward Didier Drogba had to lead the line in both games.
Chelsea are struggling to understand his problems, although Mourinho is adamant the problem arises from playing with Spain - although concedes his recovery has been hampered by a virus.
The virus is fine [now],” he said. “It was hard when he went to hospital and obviously it doesn’t help to recover from the injury. He aggravated the hamstrings because he played two matches in three days and was not with us. I hope [it is the end of his problems] but he has national team in November.”
There’s unlikely to be many changes to Mourinho’s team for that game - after he blasted his stand-ins for their performance during the League Cup win over Shrewsbury on Wednesday. Mourinho was unimpressed with their efforts as the Blues struggled to a 2-1 win, saying his team selection for Saturday was made ‘easy’ for him.
I expect players to give me problems. I love problems. But a lot of them didn't and they've made it easy to choose my team for Saturday,'' he complained.