"Mattia was a kid when I was at Inter," Mourinho said. "I think he was like 18.
"He was playing the Primavera team, our under-21s, training with us so many times.
"Everyone knew at the club that his potential was there to be a top striker. He was unlucky because we had (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and Adriano, then (Samuel) Eto'o, (Diego) Milito, so it was not easy for him to come into the first team.
"The ones that got the chance but Mattia didn't have that chance because we were full of top strikers."
Mourinho refused to speak outright about any interest in Destro - "I don't speak about these possibilities now" - but admitted any replacement for Torres would almost certainly be foreign.
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