Lucas Torreira insists he is “very happy” and “proud” to be at Arsenal amid talk of a potential Serie A return in AC Milan this summer.
After completing a €28.65m transfer from Sampdoria last summer, Torreira embarked on a promising debut season at Arsenal.
The Uruguay international emerged as a key part of Unai Emery’s midfield, where his all-action style of play drew comparisons to club legends Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.
More recently, though, Torreira opened up on his struggles to settle in London. It caused Arsenal fans to worry he was on keen on a return to Italy this summer.
Therefore, Milan were allegedly keeping tabs on the 23-year-old with rumours emerging that they were plotting a move.
But the Serie A giants’ hopes of landing Torreira may have suffered a blow after the midfielder declared himself content at Arsenal.
“About AC Milan’s interest, I don’t know much,” said Torreira, according to AOL.
“This matter was generated due to my statements made in a press conference in Montevideo.
“No one has called me from Milan. Nowadays, I’m at Arsenal, one of the greatest teams in the world.
“You all know it has been complicated for me, I’m from a little town and now playing in the Premier League, but I’m happy and proud of being part of Arsenal.
“I made that statement about how hard it has been adapting in England, because it’s not easy to arrive in a country where you don’t know the language, where it is hard to talk to your team-mates, it’s not easy at all.
“But I’m very happy and I don’t think about anything else besides Arsenal. At the moment, I’m with my national team, I want to be focused on that.
“I don’t know what can happen in the future. Today, I’m an Arsenal player. I prefer to talk about Arsenal due to respect to their fans and my team-mates as well.”
Torreira is currently on international duty for Uruguay in the Copa America.