Fernando Torres believes the sales of Atletico Madrid duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to Chelsea was an intriguing moment for his former club.
The Spanish international, currently on a two-year loan at AC Milan from the Blues, spoke in great lengths about his former club Atletico Madrid in an exclusive interview with Panenka.
Amongst the key topics was the near upheaval this summer due to the huge changes in personnel following a highly successful period in the club’s history.
Costa, Luis and Thibaut Courtois were three regulars who helped Los Colchoneros win La Liga last season, yet all three ended up at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Belgian international Courtois returned to West London following his three-year loan spell, whereas Costa and Luis found the riches of the Premier League too tempting to turn down.
Torres, speaking from his heart as an Atelti fan, acknowledged the difficulties his former club faced but also felt the fans could be immensely proud to have had such fabulous players.
“For the fans it ought to have been difficult to accept that after a great season, some of the players wanted to leave or desired to take the next step. On the other hand, it is also rewarding that a team such as Chelsea opted to sign Atletico’s players when they could have signed from any team they wanted.” He said, quoted by the Spanish publication Puntopelota.
Costa has made a terrific start to life in West London, netting eight Premier League goals in six league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s early table-toppers.
Luis, on the other hand, has yet to establish himself as a first-team regular and finds himself behind Spanish international fullback Cesar Azpilicueta in the current left-back pecking order.