The agent of Lucas Torreira has dismissed speculation that the Arsenal midfielder could end his loan spell at Atletico Madrid early.
Torreira moved to the Spanish capital in the summer after two mixed seasons with Arsenal. The aim was to get his career back on track, but he is still taking time to adapt.
With that in mind, a change of scenery was suggested. Arsenal could terminate his loan and send him somewhere he is more likely to play.
For example, Torino were a potential suitor in the summer, as they could reunite Torreira with his former coach Marco Giampaolo. The ex-Sampdoria boss would still be keen to work with the midfielder again.
However, Torreira’s agent has now played down talk of an early exit from Atletico.
“Lucas is calm and happy and has nothing in his mind beyond continuing with Atletico,” Pablo Bentancur told Gianluca Di Marzio.
“He is finishing his process of adaptation [to the team and La Liga].”
Torreira has started just two games in La Liga for Atletico so far. He has made a further three substitute appearances, scoring in one of them.
The Uruguay international previously made 89 appearances for Arsenal, but may not be adding to them. Reports have suggested he has burned his bridges with his parent club.
His agent’s latest comments suggest a return is not on the cards any time soon.
Arteta coy on situation
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was quickly asked about the midfielder’s situation when the rumours first surfaced.
He admitted that Arsenal are aware that the situation is not ideal, but refused to say if things would change.
“We have been dealing with that situation,” Arteta said. “But again, when the market opens and we have the possibility to bring players in and get players out, whatever we have to do, we will discuss it.
“I cannot comment on that [cutting the loan deal short].”