Lucas Torreira has revealed how a call from Unai Emery before the World Cup turned him on to joining Arsenal. The Uruguayan midfielder knew there was a lot of interest in him after a superb season with Sampdoria but felt his future lay in Italy – where a number of top clubs were chasing his signature.
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“At the end of my last season at Sampdoria there were lots of teams being talked about,” he told Arsenal TV. “I never imagined coming here to England because it was mainly Italian clubs being mentioned.
“Before I left for the World cup I got a call from the coach which was a massive surprise for me. “I knew that I had earned it because of all my hard work and everything that I had done. That phone call made me a happy man.
“It allowed me to relax too because it allowed me to focus all my attention on the national team and the World Cup. I’m so proud to be part of such an important team.”
Torreira has quickly established himself as a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium with his derby-day goal followed by a vital winning strike against Huddersfield this past weekend.
“It hasn’t been easy though – there’s the language and the issue of communicating,” he added. “I’m lucky because the coach is Spanish and the coaching staff are too, so that makes things easier for me because they can explain things in Spanish to me.
“It’s also not been easy to adapt to the football here: the intensity, the tempo and quality of games “At Sampdoria I had been used to playing in Serie A and Coppa Italia whereas now I’m involved in four competitions here as well as the national team.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.