Inzaghi: I checked Torres' mentality with Mourinho

The new AC Milan boss claims he spoke to the Chelsea manager about the striker's attitude before sanctioning the two-year loan move
Filippo Inzaghi has revealed he held talks with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres' mentality before the striker's move to AC Milan.

The Spain international struggled for form at Stamford Bridge following his £50 million from Liverpool in 2011 and the new San Siro coach was concerned that it might be because of a psychological issue.

However, the Portuguese gave him assurances that Torress attitude is impeccable and it paved the way for the 30-year-old's two-year loan move to Milan.

"I spoke to Mourinho, as I wanted to ask him how Torres was," Inzaghi told reporters on Saturday. "I wanted to check what he was like behind the scenes and his general attitude.

"From the outside he already seemed to be a good professional. Those suspicions were confirmed. We thought Torres was a player who could give us a helping hand. I sought information on his approach to training and his attitude.

"When Mourinho told me that he is always the first to arrive at the training ground, I had no doubts in giving the all-clear. What the player is like as a man is fundamental and comes before everything on the pitch.

"We’ll get Torres back to being the player he once was."

Milan open their Serie A campaign at home to Lazio and Inzaghi, who replaced Clarence Seedorf as coach this summer, believes that the Rossoneri can be the surprise package of the season.

"I am very confident for this season," he added. "This peace of mind is down to the fact I have seen the team training well. We want to be the surprise of this Serie A season."