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Thursday 16 August 2018

Torres was in need of a change

Jose Mourinho believes Fernando Torres (above) needed a "change of scenery" from Chelsea, but the Portuguese would have preferred if the Spain striker had moved to Inter Milan rather than AC Milan.

Torres agreed a two-year loan move to Milan - and not Mourinho's former team Inter - after a challenging three-and-a-half-years at Stamford Bridge following his £50million arrival from Liverpool in January 2011.

"I'm an Interista and I would have preferred if he'd gone to Inter," Chelsea boss Mourinho told reporters at a UEFA coaching seminar in Nyon.

"However, I hope that he does equally well at Milan. What I can say about Fernando is that as a person and a professional, there is nothing to doubt about him.

"He's a fantastic boy and a great professional. However, he needed a change of scenery."

Mandaric to take action

Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric has said he will consider legal action following the collapse of the club's proposed takeover by Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov.

Oil and energy magnate Mammadov exchanged contracts with Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric on a £40m club takeover in June.

Manadaric warned he was ready to pull the plug on the deal last month and the former Portsmouth and Leicester owner has now stated that Mammadov, also a sponsor of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, has been unable to complete a purchase.

Mandaric said: "Unfortunately despite working hard with both Mr Mammadov and his representatives since the agreement was signed he has not been able to meet the obligations set out in the contract.

"Whilst I hope that Mr Mammadov will very quickly overcome his difficulties in Azerbaijan, I have asked my legal advisors to take such legal action as they consider necessary."

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