This is why I joined Milan, reveals Chelsea's Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has revealed why he joined AC Milan, claiming fate as the deciding factor.

30-year-old Torres ended three torrid years at Stamford Bridge when he completed a two-year loan switch to AC Milan on August 31.

The forward, who netted just 20 goals in 110 Premier League games for the Blues, was often derided in West London since his £50 million move from Liverpool.

Having started his career at Atletico Madrid, he moved to Anfield in 2007, scoring 65 goals in 102 games, and cementing himself as one of the truly great strikers of his age.

However, a succession of injuries, and the pressure of his large-money move, ruined his career at a Chelsea player, and, although he won the Champions League, the Europa League, as well as Euro 2012 with Spain during his time as a Blue, he was much maligned.

His move to Milan came with first-team opportunities looking limited at Stamford Bridge, and Torres revealed that Italy had always been a destination that was planned for during his career.

Quoted on Football Italia, the forward revealed: "Milan came in for me even during my time at Atletico. Demetrio Albertini also encouraged me to play in Italy.

“And it is as if fate had expected me to be at San Siro.

“The coming together was only delayed, because the Rossoneri have always appreciated me and finally I have arrived here.”

It has often been rumoured that Torres will favour a return to Atletico in the future, with the club of his youth the place he wishes to end his career, and the striker revealed that Madrid is his ‘only home’.

“The fact that I have not won anything with Atletico is a weight that I will always carry in my heart, but I remain proud to have worn and defended that shirt.

“Why did I leave? Because I was progressing and going in one direction and the club were going in another. I needed something more. But, the Calderon is my only home.”

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