English football had started to fall out of love with Fernando Torres as he negotiated a two-year loan move away from Chelsea, and it appears the feeling was mutual.
A striker who captured the hearts of Liverpool supporters during three-and-a-half productive years on Merseyside, before breaking them as he departed for west London in a then British record £50 million transfer in January 2011, is now plying his trade in Italy with Serie A heavyweights AC Milan.
There is little chance of him returning to England at the end of his deal at the San Siro, with the man who has won just about everything it is possible to win on the domestic and international stage claiming to have had his fill of the Premier League pie.
He has questioned whether the division is as good as it likes to believe, and how many regard it from afar.
Torres has suggested that the global standing enjoyed by the English top-flight is more a result of positive PR than an enticing sporting package.
For that reason, the Spain international - who tasted FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, European Championship and World Cup glory during his time at Anfield and Stamford Bridge – is in no hurry to retrace his steps any time soon.
Torres told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Seven years [in England] were enough. It's a great league, but it seems better than it is because they know how to sell it and push it more than in other European countries.
“But for me right now, all that counts is Milan. They are my priority. Milan will be great again because top players want to play for the top clubs and the top clubs are those with a great history. Football moves in cycles.”
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Torres boasted a prolific strike rate at Liverpool - better than a goal every other game - but his gradual decline can be traced back to a knee injury suffered in April 2010.
He has never been quite the same player since, but Roman Abramovich was still willing to commit a sizeable chunk of his personal fortune to acquiring the Spaniard’s services.
A testing start with Chelsea set the tone for what was to follow, though, with Torres breaking the 20-goal barrier just once in three-and-a-half seasons.
He now has the opportunity to reignite his career in Italy, but once again goals are proving hard to come by and you get the feeling that there would not be too many Premier League bosses willing to take a risk on Torres even if he were open to offers.