Fernando Torres' time at Chelsea will go down as the most forgettable spell of his career to date, but upon sealing a two-year loan switch to Milan, the striker says he harbours no animosity toward Jose Mourinho.
Torres' last season at Stamford Bridge was spent jostling with Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba for a place in the Portuguese's plans, but the Spaniard had only good things to utter of Mourinho's influence when speaking to Fox Sports:
I had a professional relationship with him. I learned so much. When I told him that I was going to Milan he wished me good luck, and he told me about the passion for football that is here. I wish him all the best, as he has done with me.
Barring any great shock, Torres will never make another appearance for the Blues, instead seeing out the last two seasons of his Stamford Bridge contract at the San Siro.
His £50 million move to West London from Liverpool will ultimately go down as an immense waste in expenses, but Mourinho persevered with Torres' project in the hopes he could return to his best.
It didn't work out for either player nor manager, with Chelsea ultimately signing Diego Costa this summer as Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku also left the club.
Torres agreed that the arrival of Costa had a big impact on his decision to leave, and went on to say:
Obviously I could see what the season at Chelsea was going to be. They signed a striker that was expecting to play and I need to have this feeling of being important. I want to thank my two English clubs, Liverpool for bringing me to the Premier League and Chelsea for the trophies I won.
With Mario Balotelli joining Liverpool this summer, Torres has the responsibility of replacing his threat up front for Milan, but Filippo Inzaghi will be hoping for even more than that from a player once regarded among the finest finishers in Europe.
Squawka tells the tale of just how far his scoring standards dropped while at Stamford Bridge, while Matteo Bonetti of beIN Sports believes the change in style will greatly benefit Torres:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Fernando Torres cost Chelsea exactly £2.5m per Premier League goal. http://t.co/OLNZSqiIoJ8/31/2014, 4:09:42 PM
Matteo Bonetti @TheCalcioGuy
@RYOmoha IMO - Klose said it himself, easier to score in Serie A for aging strikers b/c of added space, slower tempo. Should help Torres8/30/2014, 9:43:30 PM
Mourinho added Loic Remy to his ranks late in the summer transfer window and is already reaping the benefits of his new attacking options. His side have scored 11 goals in their first three Premier League games, at least five more than any other club.
It took the league leaders eight games to amass that total in 2013-14, but Torres' only priority now is ensuring the Rossoneri can vastly improve upon last term's eighth-place Serie A finish.
At 30 years of age, his best days may be behind him, but the promise of seeing Torres return to anything close to his best, places an air of potential on Milan's two-year agreement.
While there may be no resentment toward Chelsea or their manager, the man formerly known as "El Nino" must now put that chapter behind him, with far greater priorities now at hand.