The Spain international moved to AC Milan on a two-year loan deal following the Blues’ signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
But the 30-year-old says that Mourinho was keen for the striker to stay at the Stamford Bridge club.
“I had decided to leave Chelsea,” Torres told Corriere dello Sport. “With Mourinho there was a relationship of respect, but the club had bought a new striker.
“With the coach I had spoken often about my future. He wanted me to stay in London, but I needed a new stimulus for my career.
“That day I received a phone call from Milan. I was presented with the offer I had been waiting for. I was at a particular moment in my career.”
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