Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says that the rumours that he fell out with manager Jose Mourinho are completely untrue because he learned a lot from the Portuguese manager. Torres played for one season under Mourinho. During the last three years at Chelsea, the Spanish international has been playing under several managers like Roberto di Matteo, Andre Villas-Boas, Carlo Ancelotti, and Rafa Benitez. All of them have tried to revive his career at Stamford Bridge only to end up losing their jobs. Mourinho appears to have won the battle after signing Diego Costa in the summer to replace Torres.
Last season, Mourinho suggested on several occasions that he did not have a proper striker in the ranks and it seemed like an indirect criticism of Torres. The 30-year-old was one of the most feared strikers before his move to Chelsea. His record at Liverpool was imperious after having scored almost one goal per game. Even though he played only one season under Mourinho and won no major title, Torres says that he is extremely happy to have learnt a lot from him. Mourinho is regarded as one of the greatest managers in world football. He is the only manage to have one league title in four different countries.
“I had a professional relationship with him. I learned so much. When I told him that I was going to Milan he wished me good luck, and he told me about the passion for football that is here. I wish him all the best, as he has done with me,” said Torres after the move to Milan. “Fernando is an incredible champion. He has won everything there is possible to win. Fernando began his career in Madrid, and even then it was clear that he was something special,” said Milan Chief executive Adriano Galliani.