Lucas Torreira has revealed he’d love to play for Boca Juniors one day having watched the Buenos Aires side on television as a youngster.
While he’s never been to La Bombonera, he’s well aware of the intensity of football Argentine football and would prefer to make the move before his legs give out.
Speaking to Fox Sports Argentina, hence the skew of the chat, Torreira did make clear that he’s committed to Arsenal and is under contract for another three years.
“Wearing Boca’s shirt is a wish and a pending dream that I have,” he said (quotes translated by Sport Witness).
“This is how I feel, I say it at the age of 24 and being at one of the most important teams in the world like Arsenal.
“Hopefully someday, depending on how things happen, because in football you never know. Hopefully, I will be given that possibility because it is something I really want and it would be a privilege.”
He added: “Today my intention and my head are at Arsenal. I want to recover, go back to 100%. I have a very long contract with the club, until 2023 and it was very difficult for me to get here.”
— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) June 4, 2020
Torreira also mentioned he’d jump at the chance to talk to Jens Lehmann’s pal Juan Roman Riquelme. The former Argentina international is now Boca’s vice president.
“Before starting the interview, I was asked the question: ‘What if Roman calls you?’ I hope Roman calls me, for me it would be very nice. Do you know what it is if Riquelme calls you? Not only because of what Boca means or my intention to play at the club, but also to chat. I would love to be able to talk about football for at least 10 minutes with him.”
It’s always been a bit unclear whether the Uruguayan midfielder is really happy in England.
Despite a solid first season, he was heavily linked with a return to Italy within 12 months and his agent has been happy to play up the links ever since. There was definitely a dip in form and confidence under Unai Emery who insisted on playing him out of position – something that frustrated the player – but he’s seemed more settled under Mikel Arteta.
We don’t envisage him being a candidate to leave when the transfer window opens.