Fernando Torres s refusing to make any promises he might regret to the fans at his new club Serie A side AC Milan but he said on Tuesday he hopes they will see the clinical goalscorer of old.
The 30-year-old - scorer of 38 goals in his 116 appearances for Spain - has been given a chance to reinvigorate his career after an underwhelming spell at English Premier League side Chelsea, where he scored just 45 times in 172 appearances after his then British record £50 million (€63million) move in January 2011 from Liverpool.
"I believe it doesn't serve any purpose to make promises (to the fans), I hope that they will see the goalscorer that I always was," he said at his first press conference since he sealed his two season loan. "I promise that I will always give my maximum."
Torres, who scored the goal that secured Spain the UEFA EURO 2008 title with a 1-0 win over Germany and ushered in four years of dominance in world football, said there was a sense of irony about his career.
"Over the years I have won more with Chelsea (the 2012 UEFA Champions League and 2013 UEFA Europa League) but scored more often for Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. At Milan I start from zero."
Praise for Pipo
Torres, who has been left out of the first Spain squad Vicente del Bosque selected after the FIFA World Cup™ disaster where the defence of their title ended in the group stage, said 41-year-old Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi, a top striker in his day for Milan (he played for them from 2011/12 scoring 73 times in 202 games), would get the best out of him.
"His passion and his will to win is exactly the same level as when he was a player," said Torres. "I am sure he will know how to extract the best out of me."
Torres will hope to make his debut when the Serie A action resumes later this month after the international break. He was in the stands at the San Siro on Sunday as Milan made a dream start to the Serie A campaign under Inzaghi, beating Lazio 3-1.