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Lucas Torreira announces intention to depart Arsenal following mother’s passing

Lucas Torreira announces intention to depart Arsenal following mother’s passing

 

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has confirmed that he has set his sights firmly on a return to South America this summer.

Atleti struggles

Uruguayan international Torreira was of course one of a number of players to have been sanctioned a departure from north London last summer.

The ex-Sampdoria man, two years on from arriving at the Emirates, made the move to La Liga, to line up for Atletico Madrid for the 2020/21 campaign.

To say that Torreira’s time in the Spanish capital has since proven disappointing, though, would be something of an understatement.

On the back of a positive start to life as a Rojiblanco, the 25-year-old has since been largely utilised as a substitute by Diego Simeone, in an attempt to see out fixtures from winning positions.

All told, Torreira has managed 15 La Liga appearances, but just 3 have come in the form of starts.

Lucas Torreira announces intention to depart Arsenal following mother’s passing

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘I want to go to Boca’

Such struggles for game-time, in turn, have resulted in Torreira’s future being thrown very much back up in the air ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

A return to north London cannot be definitively ruled out, though much will likely depend on the futures of Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi.

But, as outlined above, if Torreira himself has his way, then he will not be lining out in England, or anywhere else in Europe for that matter, from next season on.

This comes with the all-action midfielder, during an interview on Thursday, having confirmed his intention to depart the continent, to line out for Boca Juniors.

The last couple of days have proven hugely emotional for Torreira, with confirmation having been forthcoming earlier this week that the Uruguayan’s mother has sadly passed away.

In turn, speaking with ESPN Argentina earlier today, the 25-year-old no doubt found it difficult to focus his attentions on matters on the pitch.

Nevertheless, Torreira, when drawn on the subject, went on to discuss his future with sincerity and decisiveness, in confirming that he has set his sights firmly on another departure from Arsenal this summer.

The Uruguayan, citing the mental strain of not seeing his family for lengthy stretches of time, revealed his hope that the Gunners will open the door to a 2nd-straight loan exit, this time to Argentine heavyweights Boca:

‘I’m dying to play in Boca. If not now, in June or later. When my mother passed away, I told my agent that I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, and I want to go to Boca.’

‘Hopefully the teams will agree a loan for a year. Because I don’t know how many millions I’m worth, but for Boca it’s a lot of money.’

‘It is not a hasty decision. I had to go to Italy at the age of 17 and I was away from my family for a long time. It hurts when I am away, when I am alone. These kinds of things hurt me a lot. I hope it can happen. I have a contract with Arsenal.’

 

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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