Lucas Torreira will ‘only return to Arsenal if he gets matches’ as Atletico Madrid loan backfires

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Lucas Torreira will ‘only return to Arsenal if he gets playing time’ as the midfielder struggles to host at Atletico Madrid with just THREE starts under Diego Simeone.

  • Lucas Torreira has spent the season on loan at Arsenal Atletico Madrid
  • The star hoped to revive his career as the club sought to increase its value
  • The midfielder did not impress and a final move seems unlikely
  • Torreira still has two years to go with his deal, but wants security to return to London

Lucas Torreira has no interest in returning to Arsenal only to reheat the Emirates Stadium bench, reportedly demanding playing time to stay in London.

The Uruguayan’s lease at Atletico Madrid will end in just three months – an experiment that all sides are likely to see as a failure. Torreira has only started three times under Diego Simeone in LaLiga and has completed 90 minutes once.

The midfielder was sent to Madrid to increase his value after it became clear that Mikel could not handle Arteta Torreira in his system. With two years to go, it is a crucial summer for the 25-year-old.

Lucas Torreira is at a crossroads in his career after his loan at Atletico Madrid has flopped

Lucas Torreira is at a crossroads in his career after his loan at Atletico Madrid has flopped

The midfielder (right) is struggling to convince Diego Simeone, who left him on the bench

The midfielder (right) is struggling to convince Diego Simeone, who left him on the bench

The midfielder (right) is struggling to convince Diego Simeone, who left him on the bench

Torreira did not fit into Mikel Arteta's system last season and wants to be assured of playing time

Torreira did not fit into Mikel Arteta's system last season and wants to be assured of playing time

Torreira did not fit into Mikel Arteta’s system last season and wants to be assured of playing time

Torreira is ‘happy’ to return to North London, but only if he is assured he will play, according to the Athletic

After landing from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, ready for Unai Emery’s inaugural season in N5, Torreira made a tremendous start to his Gunners career.

A string of outstanding performances in the first half of the season made Gooners drool, believing they were looking at a player fit enough to dictate play in their midfield for a generation.

Uruguayan's Arsenal stint fell apart after a sensational start after arriving from Sampdoria

Uruguayan's Arsenal stint fell apart after a sensational start after arriving from Sampdoria

Uruguayan’s Arsenal stint fell apart after a sensational start after arriving from Sampdoria

An excellent showing in his first North London derby, a 4-2 win, really added to the excitement, before his performance diminished a bit in the second half of the campaign.

In Spain, Torreira has only played a small role in Atletico’s season, in which Simeone’s men are four points clear at the top so far.

In their last four games, Torreira has seen just 18 minutes of action, it seems unlikely that he will win over Simeone and entice the club into a permanent move for the summer.

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