Fernando Torres wants to emulate Marco van Basten in Milan

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Fernando Torres was feeling rather optimistic indeed during his maiden press conference as an AC Milan player, with the former Chelsea striker outlining his ambition to establish himself among the pantheon of greats to have played for the Italian giants.

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Loan deal

Torres completed a two-year loan move to the San Siro in the final days of the transfer window in a bid to revive a career that stuttered and spluttered at Chelsea but was never able to get into gear, despite the £50 million transfer fee.

The Spaniard may have only been able to muster 20 goals in 110 Premier League appearances during his three-and-a-half seasons spent at Stamford Bridge, but he has set his sights admirably high since the switch to Italy.

Torres takes the No.9 shirt for the Rossoneri, the same worn by Marco van Basten, George Weah and Pippo Inzaghi before him, and hopes he too can earn legendary status playing for the iconic Milan club.

Lofty ambitions

"Every player is different, but Van Basten, Weah and Inzaghi defined an era," Torres said.

"I want to achieve the same results as them. I am different from those players, but maybe in a few years' time, they'll have my No.9 in the museum.”

These are lofty ambitions from Torres and perhaps were assertions made purely to fulfil the compulsory guff and bluster that comes during the official unveiling at a new club.

Or perhaps Torres is genuinely deluded that, at the age of 30, he will suddenly recapture the form of his early days at Liverpool, despite having now been found wanting and waiting for a good four years.

Decline to continue?

Given that he was such a significant vanity purchase by Roman Abramovich, Torres was afforded an opportunity to prove himself far longer than other players in his position would have been given.

At no point during his time with Chelsea did Torres appear capable of transforming himself back into a goalscorer of repute, and it was to the detriment of the club in the Premier League at least that a superior player was not purchased.

It was hoped that Torres may be able to succeed Didier Drogba when he departed after the Champions League victory but, two years on, and it is the club legend who has returned to replace the now discarded Spain international.

Torres has done well to earn himself a move to another of Europe’s superpowers such has his form been in recent seasons, and his contribution at Milan will more likely be condemned to bloopers reels rather than heralded in the club museum.

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