Recently departed Fernando Torres says he enjoyed a good relationship with Jose Mourinho, meanwhile nobody seems in a hurry to snap up his vacated No.9 jersey.
Fernando Torres has denied that he had a strained relationship with Chelsea boss Joes Mourniho in the wake of his departure to AC Milan. The misfiring striker wrapped up a two-year loan deal with the Serie A giants in the last few days of the transfer window. While his time at Stamford Bridge was far from the most productive of his career he was quoted on AC Milan’s club website as saying:
“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.
Clearly the former Liverpool man would not have been happy at being regarded as a squad player at Stamford Bridge, but these comments indicate he has not taken his exclusion personally. He even held out the prospect of a return to west London on the completion of his loan deal adding
“I learnt a lot from him as a coach. Perhaps in the future our paths will meet again.”
Seeing Torres back in a Chelsea jersey is a scenario that would hardly have Chelsea fans salivating and given the Special One’s lack of faith in the striker and desperate efforts to offload him over the summer you would have think it is an unlikely outcome.
Interestingly Torres’ no.9 jersey at Chelsea has not been handed to new signing Loic Remy who opted for the No.18 shirt instead as pointed out by The Mail. No. 9 is usually given to an out and out striker, in fact the jersey is synonymous with the position.
Perhaps the Frenchman avoided it out of superstition, recent holders of the jersey have had not enjoyed happy times at Stamford Bridge. Before Torres wore the cursed garment belonged Franco di Santo who never found the net. Previous owners Steve Sidewell and Khalid Boulahrouz did little to endear themselves to the Chelsea faithful. Hernan Crespo underwhelmed scoring only 10 goals, and Mateja Kezman’s sensational form at PSV evaporated when the donned the seemingly cursed shirt.
Conversely the Express speculates that the club are holding onto the squad number for a big signing in the January transfer window. Fans will be curious to see who gets the jersey next. Meanwhile no such issues surround the no.1 the goalkeeping jersey which has been worn with distinction by Peter Cech over the past 10 seasons. The Blues legend will rightly hang onto the goalkeeping squad number even tough his first team place has been lost to Thibaut Courtois.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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