Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists it is ‘NOT the moment’ for Lucas Torreira to make any decisions over his future after Uruguayan emotionally declared he wants to play for Boca Juniors and be closer to his family after his mother’s death
- Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira has made it known he wants to play for Boca Juniors
- The midfielder is currently playing in Spain on loan with Atletico Madrid
- But he wants to be closer to his family after the death of his mother from Covid
- Mikel Arteta has now responded to Torreira’s wish to return to South America
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged Lucas Torreira not to make any hasty decision surrounding his future following the Uruguayan midfielder’s emotional plea to let him leave this summer.
The midfielder, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid from Arsenal, declared that he wants to return to play in South America after his mother Viviana Di Pascua tragically died aged just 53 after contracting coronavirus.
Torreira confirmed that he wants to play for boyhood club Boca Juniors in an emotional statement regarding his future – a move that would enable him to be closer to his family following his mother’s death.
Lucas Torreira, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has made it clear he wants to leave Arsenal
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged Torreira not to rush any decisions regarding his future
And Arteta has since responded to Torreira following his public request, claiming it is not the right time for him to be making these decisions amid a troubling period for the player.
‘Of course we contacted him,’ Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Slavia Prague in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. ‘We have spoken to him and we know how difficult a time this is for him. He was really attached to his mum and he’s really attached to his family.
‘It’s a hard time for him and emotionally there is a lot of thoughts that will go through his mind. When things are like that, it’s not the moment to make decisions.
‘I understand how he’s feeling emotionally. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family. But it’s not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It’s just an interview with some comments. Let’s see what happens.
‘We know that when you recruit a player from a foreign country, when they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things. This risk is there and then you have to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time.’
Torreira wants to be closer to his family after his mother (right) died after contracting Covid-19
Torreira, who grew up in the town of Fray Bentos in his native Uruguay, situated next to the border with Argentina and only a few hours away from the capital city Buenos Aires where Boca are located, had initially said: ‘It’s not a crazy decision because of my mother. I have always said that I want to play for Boca. I’m dying to play for Boca and I will always say it.
‘The night my mother died, one of the first to hear the news was my agent. I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, I want to play for Boca.
‘I want to be close to my family. My father, crying, told me that it was time to play for Boca. I always liked Boca, I’m yet to experience La Bombonera, it’s something that I have deep inside me and I have to indulge myself.’
And Torreira’s wishes were backed up by the player’s father Ricardo recently – who confirmed that joining Boca is the No 1 option but also claimed to have received offers for his son’s services from a number of Brazilian teams.
Speaking to Radio Continental, as per TyC Sports, he said: ‘Lucas does not know Argentina but has been a Boca fan since he was a boy. Obviously it is the first option for him, but I have already received other calls from Brazilian teams in case Boca does not happen.
‘Lucas is suffering a lot to be alone there in Europe, we are seeing how we can accompany him this month and a half until the end of the season. When you lose a person as happened to us so dear, you realise that life passes you by. If Lucas wants to come to Boca, let him come.’
His father Ricardo (left) said his son is suffering a lot alone in Europe after his mother’s death
He added: ‘We want to resolve his departure with Arsenal first and then sit down with Boca. If they believe it is convenient that Lucas is the player, they will exhaust the resources to reach an agreement.
‘It is obvious that Boca will have to pay a transfer fee, Arsenal will want something in return.’
Torreira had established himself as a fan favourite at the Emirates after joining Arsenal in the summer of 2018 in a £25million deal from Sampdoria.
However, Torreira quickly became surplus to requirements under Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery, and was then shipped out on loan to Atletico last summer.
But unfortunately for the Uruguayan midfielder, things haven’t gone to plan in the Spanish capital.
The 25-year-old has struggled to make an impact an impact under Diego Simeone this season, playing just 629 minutes across all competitions, and he now wants to put an end to his European career.
The Uruguayan midfielder has become surplus to requirements under Gunners boss Arteta
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