FERNANDO TORRES thinks Pippo Inzaghi will be able to get the best out of him and hopes to score many Milan goals.
Milan sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool for €20 million and signed Fernando Torres from Chelsea, officially on a two year loan deal but it’s essentially a free permanent transfer as his Chelsea deal ends in 2016, and yesterday he was presented.
Fernando, who has started training with the squad on Wednesday, will be wearing the #9 jersey for the Rossoneri and he hopes to learn a lot from another Milan number nine – legendary striker Filippo Inzaghi, who is now his coach at Milan.
“These first few days I’ve been to Milanello, met all the players and staff. I was at the Lazio game on Sunday too,” Torres said in the presser. “I am going to learn and adapt to my new team and give my all. It is a big challenge and an honour to be here. I am aware of all the players that have worn the number nine jersey here and I hope to be up to the standard.
“I would have loved to have played versus Lazio (on Sunday evening). Arriving in a new country and a new league? I am now going to be facing a new challenge, learning a new culture and language. I hope to score a lot of goals. It’s important to both myself and Milan to re-find my form and help Milan get back to the highest levels. I hope to have the same success as the famous players who have worn the number nine jersey before me. In the future I can perhaps become a part of history.
“Inzaghi? We all know of Inzaghi the player and now he has to show the same passion he had as a player as a coach. He will be able to get the best out of me. He was a great striker and I can learn a lot from him. Adapting in Serie A? There are three big European leagues and they are in England, Spain and Italy. I have always followed Serie A. As Adriano Galliani said, in 2004 (when he played for Atletico) there was an approach for me which never materialised, but I am now here. I’ve been able to adapt in the past when I moved to a new league & country so I won’t have any problems adapting to Serie A.
“I hope Milan will get back into the top-three places. I will be doing all I can at a personal level to ensure that happens. Hopefully this year we can get back into the UEFA Champions League. First impressions of the Milan side from the Lazio match? I think that to have a good season, the most important thing is team effort. Which player impressed me the most? It’s hard to single out players. Football is more about team effort. It’s important for me to integrate with my new team-mates.
“Perhaps for the next match I will be in the starting XI and we can work together. Mourinho? I had a very good relationship with Jose. When I was signed by Milan he wished me all the best. He spoke about the passion that the city of Milan has for football and that I would settle in well. I learnt a lot from him as a coach. Perhaps in the future our paths will meet again.
“My fitness levels? I did lots of tests when I arrived at Milan. They looked at agility, speed and strength. I feel good and mentally strong. When everything is going well you have more will-power and desire to train. I cannot wait to start. Mourinho said that I have a professional attitude? I thank Mourinho for his words. I don’t need to say anything else. We have to always act and play as professionals. My past experiences? I’ve played in three different teams. I won more with Chelsea but scored more goals with my other two clubs. Milan is a new adventure. I cannot wait to score for the fans and win titles.
“Balotelli’s move to Liverpool? Both myself and Balotelli have gone to great clubs. We’re both in the same situation and it’s normal to compare one with the other. Everyone knows how well Balotelli did with Milan last year. I hope he has a good future at Liverpool. The Derby della Madonnina? All derbies are very special, also for the fans. I heard about the Milan derby when I arrived at the airport. The fans said I had to score in the derby. I had the fortune of playing in many derbies in England. There is so much passion from the fans. The players are aware of this,” continued the 30-year-old Spaniard.
“My potential strike-partners? I know of them but it isn’t a matter of one person playing for another or vice-versa. It is about working for the team. El Shaarawy is very fast, he is improving and a lot of things are expected of him. I had no fear in England or in Spain so I’m not worried now. It is an interesting challenge and I hope to adapt to Serie A as soon as possible.
“I thank Liverpool and Chelsea for everything they gave me, but I felt it was the right moment to change (Torres spent7 years in England). When the chance to join Milan presented itself, I accepted and I am looking to score lots of goals again. I needed a new challenge. A new adventure is about to begin and I hope to achieve what I’ve done in previous experiences.
“I hope to spend many years at Milan, full of success and trophies. I am very happy. My nickname El Nino? The older I get, the more I like it. You can call me El Nino, Fernando or Torres or whatever you’d like,” added the new Diavolo striker.