Lucas Torreira’s Arsenal future may not yet be over, according to his father, but he needs a coach who ‘loves him’ if he’s to resurrect his career at the Emirates.
Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan in the summer transfer window after struggling to hold down a regular starting spot under Mikel Arteta.
The Uruguay international’s father and agent Ricardo insists that his son ‘didn’t count’ under the former Manchester City assistant manager and that he had to leave in order to secure regular game time.
However, he opened the door to Torreira returning after his season-long loan in the Spanish capital if there’s a coach there who wants him.
‘Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does,’ he told Libertad Digital. ‘That’s why he’s not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes.
‘He needs to show what he can give on the pitch. He’s encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.
‘Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager he didn’t count.
‘Lucas wasn’t on the bench because he wanted to be there, but by decision of his coach.
Arsenal decided that he wouldn’t have minutes, but we promise, God willing, if everything goes well and if there’s a coach at Arsenal who loves him when his contract with Atlético ends, he’ll leave his soul there again if they want him.’