Lucas Torreira wants to move back to South America to be closer to his family following the death of his mother this week from Covid-19.
The midfielder, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, has returned to Uruguay after bring given time off by the La Liga club, but is clearly feeling the distance as he says he wants to play for Boca Juniors.
Speaking to ESPN Argentina, he said, “I want to be close to my home, my family. I have a contract at Arsenal and I am on loan at Atletico but I want to go to Boca. I hope the clubs can agree.
“It’s been two years since I was enjoying myself personally, I haven’t had continuity. I don’t play like I want.
“Hopefully the teams will agree a loan for a year. Because I don’t know how many millions I’m worth, but for Boca it’s a lot of money.”
And on his tragic loss, he said, “I am trying to understand the situation. It is difficult to come to terms with it but as time passes, we will come to live with this pain.
“My mother was 53 years old and died from Covid. There was an outbreak in Fray Bentos and she spent 11 days fighting but on Monday morning I received the worst news.
“The night my mother died, one of the first to hear the news was my agent. I said I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, I want to play for Boca.
“I have made my decision. I will do it for my father. He asked me and I’m going to do it.”
Firstly, condolences to Lucas on the loss he and his family have suffered. It’s a devastating way to lose a family member.
Secondly, as we’ve seen some backlash on social media towards the player for his comments, let’s just remember that this only happened a few days ago, he is likely to be highly emotional, and his desire to be close to his family is completely understandable.
He will be returning to Madrid, where his unhappy loan spell with Atletico will continue, and after that his future can be decided by us in the summer.
Until then, give the man some peace.