Demetrio Albertini on what Fernando Torres must do to be a success with AC Milan

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres completed a long-term loan switch to AC Milan from Chelsea.

Torres was never going to work his way back into Jose Mourinho’s first-team following the purchase of Diego Costa, and he made a wise decision in leaving Stamford Bridge.

Signing a two-year loan-deal with Milan, the Spaniard has all-but ending his association with the Blues, and it is likely that the forward will move to the Italian giants on a free transfer come the expiration of his contract at the close of next season.

Leaving Stamford Bridge as something of a failure, the move to Italy was due to be the perfect antidote for Torres to overcome the goalscoring issues that plagued him following his £50 million switch to Chelsea, but he has struggled in Milan, and his tally of just one goal in 10 games seems remarkably similar to that endured during his time in West London.

Due to his bad run in front of goal, the 30-year-old has failed to start any of i Rossoneri’s last three games, and AC legend Demetrio Albertini believes that the only way in which Torres will come good again is he if can rediscover his self-confidence and belief in himself.

Quoted by the Irish Examiner, Albertini - who won a host of trophies in a 14-year spell with Milan - said: “If you want to see the real Nino [Torres], then you have to wait. The current Torres is not the one we all knew.

“He is coming off two seasons in which he played very little, so it’s not easy to find oneself after that.

“Fernando must be aware of what he has gone through, he must rediscover self-confidence and belief in himself not just through words, but through action.”

The 43-year-old former midfielder played with Torres at Atletico Madrid during the 2002/03 season, and he continued with his defence of the forward, claiming that both the player and his manager, Filippo Inzaghi, must progress with the best course of action to return Torres to the player he used to be.

He added: “I think the challenges for Torres are, other than settling in, finding his place in a team that has profoundly changed with respect to last season due to the new coach.

“Torres could well be left on the bench as he needs time to adapt.

“It’s down to Inzaghi and the player to understand the best course of action.”

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