LUCAS TORREIRA has revealed his desire to one day play for Argentine giants Boca Juniors.
While the midfielder insists he is currently happy playing for Arsenal, he does not want his move to Boca to be a gentle career swansong.
The Uruguayan told Fox Sports Argentina: “I imagine a Copa Libertadores night at the Bombonera wearing Boca’s shirt, of course.
“Right now my head is in Europe and I want to stay for a while.
“But I have that desire and dream to go [to Boca] – and not just to retire, but to compete and feel what the Boca world is.”
Torreira left South America while still a teenager to join Italian club Pescara’s youth academy.
And in the summer of 2018, Arsenal paid £26million to sign him from Sampdoria.
The Gunners will hope to have him back in time for the resumption of Premier League action and their trip to Manchester City on June 17.
In a social media post last week, Torreira declared “I’m back” having had to ditch plans to temporarily return to Uruguay in favour of continuing his recovery under lockdown in England.
The 24-year-old was able to leave the country when his beloved Boca came to Europe however, to watch their 2018 Copa Libertadores final versus River Plate in Madrid.
Recalling that trip, he said: “My family are big soccer fans and we Uruguayans watch a lot of Argentine football.
“It is one of the most important in South America, very passionate, so from a very young age this affection, this love for Boca was born.
“I had to go to the Madrid final and when the game ended I thought I wasn’t going to be so mad but I was very sad, for the defeat and for how the game had been.
“It was the time I got to see Boca as a fan. It is true that I have great affection for the club and hopefully it will be forever.
“In Fray Bentos, I have many friends who are fans of Boca.”