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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jose: Torres needed a change

Jose Mourinho, right, believes Fernando Torres, needed to leave Stamford Bridge
Jose Mourinho, right, believes Fernando Torres, needed to leave Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho believes Fernando Torres needed a "change of scenery" from Chelsea, but the Portuguese would have preferred if the Spain striker had moved to Inter Milan rather than AC Milan.

Torres agreed a two-year loan move to Milan - and not Mourinho's former team Inter - after a challenging three-and-a-half-years at Stamford Bridge following his £50million arrival from Liverpool in January 2011.

"I'm an Interista and I would have preferred if he'd gone to Inter," Chelsea boss Mourinho told reporters at a UEFA coaching seminar in Nyon.

"However, I hope that he does equally well at Milan. What I can say about Fernando is that as a person and a professional, there is nothing to doubt about him.

"He's a fantastic boy and a great professional. However, he needed a change of scenery."

Torres is one of 26 players who have left Chelsea on loan this season.

Lewis Baker is not among them, having been promoted to the first-team squad.

The 19-year-old midfielder joins fellow academy graduates Nathan Ake and Andreas Christensen in Mourinho's first-team group.

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