Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta addressed the speculation regarding the future of Lucas Torreira in his press conference yesterday.
The Uruguayan joined Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan deal in the summer. Torreira seemed the perfect fit in Diego Simeone’s side, but things haven’t quite panned out that way.
The former Sampdoria man has played just a little over 400 minutes of football this season. That fueled speculation over an early return with a few Italian sides very keen on his signature.
However, Arteta has hinted that a recall will not happen. He claimed that he has spoken to Torreira and expects to Uruguayan to keep pushing for regular opportunities at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Arteta told Arsenal.com: “Well I’ve had some conversations with Lucas. He started the loan period really well but now he is lacking game time.”
“It can happen, the team is doing exceptionally well. They are first in La Liga and when a team is winning it is difficult to get into the starting line up. It is a long season, I know Lucas’ character, he is going to try to keep going and keep pushing too. Let’s see what will happen.”
Does Torreira have a future at Arsenal?
If the summer transfer window is anything to go by, Arteta has no interest in Torreira. The Uruguayan was offered to many clubs on a permanent deal, but only a loan arrangement could be made at the end of the window.
If everything goes well, Torreira’s stock will go up and we will get good money for him. Despite what happened in his second season with us, he is a quality player and he can do a brilliant job for many clubs in the world.
It is highly unlikely that Arteta will change his mind about Torreira. However, if Granit Xhaka is sold in the summer and if Dani Ceballos doesn’t fancy another spell with us, a spot in the squad could open up for the Uruguayan.