Lucas Torreira's father has hinted that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta does not currently have the player in his long-term plans following his season-long loan move to Atletico Madrid.
After joining the Gunners from Sampdoria in 2018 Torreira started promisingly in north London, winning over supporters with a goal and man-of-the-match performance in the 4-2 win over bitter rivals Tottenham.
Since then his form has dipped, however, and he failed to play a minute this season before the move to Spain.
He may still have a future with Arsenal, but speaking to Libertad Digital Torreira's dad and agent Ricardo suggested that Arteta is not a huge fan of his son.
"Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does," he said. "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.
"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."
Ricardo did, however, offer hope that Torreira could resurrect his career at the Emirates – put perhaps only if there is another man in the hotseat at the end of his loan spell.
"Lucas wasn’t on the bench because he wanted to be there, but by decision of his coach," he added.
"For a 24-year-old boy, recognized 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."
Torreira could be in line to make his Atletico debut when they take on Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.
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