The father of Lucas Torreira has suggested that the midfielder could return to Arsenal, but only if there is a coach who “loves him”.
Torreira left Arsenal on loan for Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window after a more challenging second season at the Emirates Stadium.
The midfielder played in 34 Premier League games in his first season with the Gunners. However, he only managed 17 league starts last season – with nine of those coming under Mikel Arteta’s management.
Therefore, the club were happy to let Torreira leave for Atletico over the summer. There is no fixed option to buy in his contract, although the deal could be made permanent if the clubs agree a fee later down the line.
If not, then Torreira could return for a second chance at the Emirates Stadium. However, to do so, he must be shown more trust by Arteta.
That’s according to his father Ricardo, who says his son’s effort needs to be matched by his manager.
“Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does,” he told Libertad Digital (via the Metro). “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.
Torreira “didn’t count” for Arteta
“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.
“For a 24-year-old boy, recognised in Uruguay and around the world, the most necessary thing is to play. 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.”