Lucas Torreira has posted an emotional farewell to the Sampdoria fans on social media, after completing his move to Arsenal earlier this month.
After weeks of speculation, Torreira finally made his Arsenal move official after the conclusion of the World Cup, with the announcement taking place on Tuesday.
Whilst the Sampdoria fans have known their star midfielder was leaving for a while now, without the official announcement Torreira had to stay quiet. That’s despite his friends, family and the Sampdoria president speaking out about the move.
Now, finally, Lucas gets to have his say, with a post on Instagram.
“Goodbye is a word too big, so I’ll just say ‘see you soon’,” he wrote. “I will do it because Sampdoria has been my family for two seasons and will remain forever in my heart.
“I say ‘see you soon’ because, even if I will be far away, I will never forget the importance of having you on my side, everyone, since the first training in which I wore the most beautiful jersey in the world.
“Fans, president and company, coach, staff and companions, employees and collaborators. I have grown a lot in these two years, you have welcomed me, you have trusted me and made me feel like one of you.
“And, one of you, I’ll stay for real. So long, thank you and see you soon, [Sampdoria]. You will always have an extra fan. A hug, Lucas.”
It’s a touching message, and good to see the player and club don’t seem to hold any hard feelings towards each other. After all, Torreira has made Sampdoria a fair profit, in addition to a couple of years of impressive performances for the team.
For now, Torreira is in Uruguay for a holiday, until July 28th. After that he’ll return to Europe, to begin pre-season on July 30th.
That means as well as the clash with Boreham Wood, he’ll miss the two Singapore matches against Atletico Madrid and PSG. However, he’ll be back before the Chelsea match on August 1st and the Sevilla game on August 4th.
Hopefully by the time Unai Emery’s first match at the Emirates Stadium rolls around on August 12th, he’ll be raring to go.