Fernando Torres on time at Chelsea: ‘I needed to feel important’

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Fernando Torres was primed to propel his career to the next level when Chelsea scooped him up at the end of the 2011 transfer window.

The Spaniard had showed off his goal scoring abilities during his stint at Liverpool, but his arrival and subsequent season at Stamford Bride didn’t pan out in his favor. The striker found it difficult to find the back of the net, while also struggling for the playing time he hoped to gather.

Now, after the Blues sent him out on a season-long loan to Serie A club AC Milan, Torres can reflect on the first few years of his Chelsea spell with straight-forward honesty, the once-burgeoing young star saying that he “needed to feel important” in England.

This aspiration ultimately led to his departure this summer, and he made it clear that he holds no ill feelings toward Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

“Mourinho has always been good to me,” says Torres. “The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important. Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other.”

The Chelsea manager appeared to have seen enough of the former Atletico Madrid man, electing to utilize strikers Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba over keeping Torres in town.

The 30-year-old has scored once in five games, netting a 43rd minute goal in Milan’s 2-2 draw to Empoli on Sep. 23.