Fernando Torres backed to be huge success at AC Milan

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Chelsea misfit Fernando Torres has everything it takes to turn his career around with AC Milan and will get the goals to match his terrific work-rate in Serie A, according to his new team-mate Michael Essien.

The Blues legend was joined by two Chelsea loanees at Milan this summer, with Torres given a chance to take up a fresh challenge alongside Marco van Ginkel at the San Siro.

Torres will always struggle to remove the stigma of a £50m move Stamford Bridge that never worked out for either part in truth, but after opening his account for Milan last night Essien told the Daily Mail he's adamant the Spaniard still has the desire to succeed at the highest level.

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The Ghana midfield maestro said: "I really hope he does well for Milan and for himself because he's a top striker and we'll benefit from his goals.

"He's a hard worker both in games and in training and that can also serve him well at Milan.

"One thing Milan can expect to see is 100 per cent all the time from him. I am convinced we'll see lots of goals from Fernando."

Essien certainly knows what it's like to try and rebuild a career away from Chelsea, but much like Torres had seen his stock fall considerably before finally leaving Stamford Bridge.

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Torres is battling to prove he was a victim of circumstance at Chelsea and certainly made a bright start to his Milan career last night, scoring in his first start.

The 30-year-old found the target with a header that prompted a strong Rossoneri revival against the newly-promoted outfit, helping Filippo Inzaghi's side earn a 2-2 draw.

Serie A could well be the perfect place for Torres to find form and some semblance of his former predatory best, with the security of a two-year loan deal to work with.

Jose Mourinho eventually lost patience with the misfiring Spaniard, who scored just 20 goals in 110 Premier League games,  but Essien is one of a growing number who thinks the once feared forward is far from finished just yet.

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