Atletico Madrid might be having to lick their wounds following their 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League 2020/21 opener, however it seems one of their players wants to make his switch to Los Rojiblancos permanent.
Lucas Torreira has told Uruguayan outfit Ovacion that he would like to remain in the Spanish capital beyond next summer and would like to see his move from Arsenal be turned into a permanent deal.
The midfielder joined Diego Simeone’s side in the transfer window on loan as he apperead to fall out of favour at the Emirates Stadium after three years at the club.
Indeed, whilst he is still contracted to the club, his message to fans upon his departure read more as if it were a goodbye note, rather than an ‘I’ll be back better than ever’ message.
The 24-year-old played the entire 90 minutes against Celta Vigo last weekend and made an appearance from the bench in their heavy defeat to the Champions League holders on Wednesday night. Bettors can get their gambling fix in regards to Europe’s elite club competition by checking out some of the best online bookmakers that are available.
When speaking to the media outlet, he was asked about his time in the capital and whether he would be willing to return to Arsenal following the completion of his loan spell, however he appeared to make it rather clear that he was enjoying his time in Spain more than he was in England and that a permanent move to Atletico Madrid would be more desirable.
“I’ve suffered a lot of things, I had a lot of personal problems and more than anything my family also suffered,” Torreira told Ovacion. “I know that I am on loan. But I’ve been here four or five days and it seems like a lot, I’ve been treated very well.
“It all depends on how I go during the season, which I hope is very good, and maybe in the future I can stay in the club. Atletico has always been one of my dreams, one of my goals. Being able to achieve it at the age of 24 is something very important.”
Indeed, if Torreira is able to impress for Los Rojiblancos during his time at the Wanda Metropolitano, then there could be a move in the offing for him next summer.
Arsenal snatched Thomas Partey from the Spaniards in rather devious circumstances and Simeone would have had a need for the Uruguayan following the Ghanaian’s move. If the South American can perform to the ability everyone knows he can, then there is no reason as to why Atletico Madrid should look to make a swoop for him; especially as he appears surplus to requirements in north London.