Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira wants to return to South America and join Boca Juniors

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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira announces he wants to leave the club this summer after struggling with a loan from Atletico Madrid, before admitting he would like to play for Boca Juniors to be closer to home after his mother’s death.

  • Lucas Torreira has stated that he no longer wants to play for Arsenal
  • The Uruguayan midfielder is struggling to rent out to Atletico Madrid this season
  • Torreira also recently lost his mother to Covid-19 and is eager to go home
  • Boca Juniors has been linked with a move for Torreira in recent weeks
  • And the Gunners star admits he is “desperate to play” for the Argentina team

An emotional Lucas Torreira has stated that he no longer wants to play football in Europe next season and will push to end his time at Arsenal this summer.

The midfielder is considered redundant with the Emirates following the arrival of Thomas Partey, who saw him go the opposite direction from Atletico Madrid on a season-long lease.

However, the Uruguay international has struggled to impress under Diego Simeone this season, playing just 629 minutes in all competitions throughout the season.

Lucas Torreira has announced his intention to return to South America this summer

Lucas Torreira has announced his intention to return to South America this summer

Earlier this week, Torreira was given special permission to return home to Fray Bentos to stand by his mother’s side after she was diagnosed with Covid-19.

His mother, Viviana Di Pascua, spent several days in intensive care in the city of Salto, but her situation worsened and her tragic death was confirmed on Tuesday.

This has resulted in an emotional Torreira announcing that he wants to return home to South America and make a ‘dream move’ to Boca Juniors – the team he supported as a child.

‘I try to understand the situation. It’s hard to come to terms with it, but as time goes by we’ll start living with this pain, ” a tearful Torreira told ESPN Futbol Club Argentina on Thursday.

Arsenal's lender failed to impress at Atletico, with just three LaLiga appearances

Arsenal's lender failed to impress at Atletico, with just three LaLiga appearances

Arsenal’s lender failed to impress at Atletico, with just three LaLiga appearances

My mother was 53 years old and died of Covid. There was an outbreak in Fray Bentos and she spent 11 days fighting, but Monday morning I received the worst news.

‘I asked Atletico for some time off. Cholo (Simeone) understood everything and they gave me a week, but I asked to stay a little longer. I’ll probably be back on Sunday. I have to do my duty and life has to go on. Atletico has been very good to me and it is important.

Torreira – who has more than a year to go with his Gunners deal this summer – grew up in the town of Fray Bentos in his native Uruguay, located next to the border with Argentina and just a few hours’ drive from the capital Buenos Aires, where Boca are located.

‘It’s not a bad decision on the part of my mother. I’ve always said I want to play for Boca. I can’t wait to play for Boca and I always will.

Torreira was also shocked by the death of his mother, Viviana Di Pascua, earlier this week

Torreira was also shocked by the death of his mother, Viviana Di Pascua, earlier this week

Torreira was also shocked by the death of his mother, Viviana Di Pascua, earlier this week

Torreira's 53-year-old mother tragically died after contracting Covid-19

Torreira's 53-year-old mother tragically died after contracting Covid-19

Torreira’s 53-year-old mother tragically died after contracting Covid-19

The night my mother died, my agent was one of the first to hear the news. I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, I want to play for Boca.

‘I want to be close to my family. My dad told me crying it was time to play for Boca. I have always loved Boca, I have yet to experience La Bombonera, it is something that I have deep down and I have to indulge myself.

‘Hopefully it will become clear soon, I have to go back and focus on Atletico. I am more than proud, I am calm, my teammates have supported me.

‘I have to be there, no matter how much it hurts, because there is competition for a month and a half. Hopefully I can win La Liga. ‘

Recent reports have suggested the midfielder will only return to the Emirates Stadium if he gets matches under Mikel Arteta, but with his mother’s sudden death, Torreira plans to go back before his deal with Arsenal is over.

Reports now suggest Argentine side Boca Juniors could offer him a return to South America

Reports now suggest Argentine side Boca Juniors could offer him a return to South America

Reports now suggest Argentine side Boca Juniors could offer him a return to South America

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

Torreira isn’t the only Uruguayan associated with a move to Boca.

Edinson Cavani will quit Manchester United this summer to return to South America to be closer to his family as he enters the final years of his professional football career.

On the opportunity to wear Boca’s famous blue and gold with his countryman next season, Torreira said: ‘I talk a lot with Cavani, he’s a great guy.

Torreira moved to the Spanish capital after struggling for minutes under Mikel Arteta

Torreira moved to the Spanish capital after struggling for minutes under Mikel Arteta

Torreira moved to the Spanish capital after struggling for minutes under Mikel Arteta

‘I hope I can come and share a team with him. We have a great relationship. ‘

Torreira added: ‘It’s been two years since I personally had a good time.

‘Arsenal hurt me and at Atletico I don’t play as much as I would like. I just want to play for Boca and I made the decision. I want to do it for my old man. He asked me and I’m going to do it. ‘

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