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Torreira explains his desire to play for Boca Juniors

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal looks dejected in defeat after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The Arsenal midfielder says he hopes to be playing with the South American giants “one day” since he has loved them since he was a kid.

Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira has played all his life abroad, after leaving the Montevideo Wanderers youth system in 2013.

He went to debut professionally with Pescara in Italy in 2014, and then he moved to Sampdoria the next year, with a small loan return to Pescara again.

But it was in 2018 when he moved to the English Premier League with Arsenal, where he has enjoyed much success.

But after one whole year with the Gunners, he was honest to say he wishes he would play in South America later in his career: with Argentina giants Boca Juniors.

“One day, I want to play for Boca and wear their shirt,” Torreira was quoted by Goal.

“It’s a dream I have had since I was a little kid. It’s no secret, my family and friends know that.”

“I was with several friends [at the Copa Libertadores final]. I did not think I was going to suffer so much, I experienced it with a lot of nerves,” he added.

“It was not as we wanted, but reaching the final is not something anyone just does. It was a nice show because I had never had the chance to see Boca.”

The Xeneizes sporting director Nicolas Burdisso was asked about Torreira’s comments, and he responded quickly: “Torreira? It is lovely to hear him talk about the club with such affection but he’s just moved to Arsenal and signing him now is impossible.”

“It is one of those cases where the player has to make the first move. We will wait for the right moment.”