Chelsea boss preferred £50m striker to join Inter rather than Milan

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was hoping that Fernando Torres joined Inter Milan instead of AC Milan, Express reports.

Torres made a £50million switch from Liverpool to Chelsea back in 2011, breaking the British transfer record but only managed to score 20 league goals in 110 appearances for the Blues.

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And after slowly falling down the pecking order in the past three and a half years, the Spaniard joined Milan on a two-year loan deal with Mourinho insisting Torres needed a new challenge.

“With Fernando I have to say that as a person and as a professional there is no discussion,” Mourinho said.

“He is an exceptional guy and professional, but he needed a change. Now he is at Milan and his passion for football will motivate him.

“I am an Inter fan and would have preferred to see him in a Nerazzurri shirt, but because of the affection that we have for Fernando, I hope he does very well with the Rossoneri.”

Torres’ Chelsea team-mate Marco van Ginkel also made a move to the San Siro on a one-year loan during deadline day.

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