Fernando Torres has revealed the details of his summer conversations with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, insisting it was him who took the decision to leave Stamford Bridge and not the manager.
The Spain international joined AC Milan on a two-year loan deal during the summer transfer window, a spell that will keep him in Serie A until his contract in west London expires in June 2016.
Mourinho's overhaul of the club's striking options in the summer suggested Torres did not figure in the club's plans this season but the 30-year-old insists his move away from the club was decided by him and him alone.
"Mourinho has always been good to me," Torres said. "The decision to leave was a personal one because I needed more, I needed to feel important.
"Mourinho and I have a good relationship and still today we continue to talk to each other."
Diego Costa's arrival from Atletico Madrid - in addition to that of Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois' return to the club – sparked suggestions during the summer that Torres could be used as a makeweight in a deal between the two clubs.
However, Torres has claimed a return to the Vicente Calderon, where he was made captain at the age of 19, was never a realistic option, echoing comments recently made by the Spanish champions.
"There wasn't a real option to return," he said. "They speculated with it and I didn't like that. I've said it many times, I won't go to Atletico to retire.
"I will go if I have motivation to compete because the Atletico of today is very different than when I was there. I follow them every weekend. It is an option that isn't real."
Torres scored on his full debut for the Rossoneri in September but has failed to find the back of the net for Filippo Inzaghi's side since then.