Jose Mourinho wanted Fernando Torres to stay at Chelsea this summer - that's according to the Spanish striker.
Former Liverpool talisman Torres' previously sky-high stock had fallen to an all-time low at Stamford Bridge last season, with it becoming painfully more apparent that he was never likely to provide any significant return on the £50 million Chelsea lavished to secure his services back in 2011.
With Mourinho making drastic and sweeping changes to his underperforming strikeforce following a disappointing climax to a trophyless 2013/14 campaign and Torres linked with a variety of different clubs across the continent, the 30-year-old eventually left West London in August in order to embark upon a two-year loan stint with AC Milan.
Clearly behind new signing Diego Costa in the Chelsea pecking order at Chelsea, many assumed that it was Mourinho who had decided to dispense of Torres. The player, however, claims that the Portuguese actually wanted him to remain at the club despite his lack of form.
"With the coach I had spoken often about my future, he wanted me to stay in London," he said in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Star.
"I was presented with the offer I had been waiting for. I was at a particular moment in my career. I needed a change and I was aiming to find a team that would guarantee me a starting spot. I had other opportunities, but I chose Milan because they proved that they really wanted me."
Torres - who was swiftly followed to the San Siro by Blues teammate Marco van Ginkel and is believed to earn around £8 million-per-year - has made four Serie A appearances for Filippo Inzaghi's side so far this season, with his only goal coming courtesy of a fine first-half header in the 2-2 draw with Empoli at Stadio Carlo Castellani last month.
Chelsea have certainly not suffered in his absence, that's for sure. Following his £32 million switch from Atletico Madrid in July, Costa has been in lethal form for his new club - netting nine goals in just seven Premier League outings.
The Brazilian-born frontman - an international colleague of Torres - is ably backed up by Loic Remy and Blues legend Didier Drogba, so it seems unlikely that Mourinho will require the services of the most expensive flop in top-flight history once his loan spell in Italy comes to an end.