AC Milan striker Fernando Torres has taken a dig at former-managers Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez, claiming they couldn't manage him because they never played football at the highest levels.
The Spaniard, who is on a two-year loan in Milan from Chelsea, is now being coached by ex-striker Filippo Inzaghi, and he feels that the Italian is a much better influence on him due to his previous playing days.
Despite enjoying his career at Anfield with Liverpool, Torres's comments could still be considered as a sly dig towards Benitez and Mourinho as neither of them enjoyed successful playing careers.
Premier League career
After making over 100 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 65 goals along the way, Torres secured a £50 million mega-move to rivals-Chelsea, where he also went on to make over 100 appearances, but only managed to score a measly 20 goals.
”I don’t believe it’s fundamental to have been a great champion before becoming a coach of a high calibre." - Fernando Torres
Torres' role at Stamford Bridge fell further down this summer after Mourinho signed three new strikers; Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, and with the market nearing it's end, the Blues agreed a two-year loan deal with AC Milan.
The loan deal will see Torres' contract expire in London, meaning a permanent move could be agreed in 2016.
The 30-year-old, who has netted once for his new club, admitted in a recent interview that although you don't have to be a professional footballer to become a manager, he believes it helps massively to play for someone who played on the biggest stage.
He told Corriere della Sera: ”I don’t believe it’s fundamental to have been a great champion before becoming a coach of a high calibre.
"From a technical and tactical point of view, competence can always be appreciated. But I have to admit that Inzaghi understands me.
"Those who have played have something extra to offer their players. Inzaghi is a bit like [Luis] Aragones who made history at Atletico.”
Both Aragones and Inzaghi had fruitful playing careers, and it seems that Torres is thankful for their guidance as he looks to resurrect his player career in Milan.