Lucas Torreira has admitted he wants to play for Boca Juniors someday, as it’s been his dream since he was a young child.
Joining Arsenal from Sampdoria last summer, Torreira quickly won the hearts of the Gunners fans with some committed performances and a starring role in a derby win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The second half of the season was a bit more lowkey, as injuries disrupted the midfielder’s campaign a bit. He still had some great games along the way, though, like in the quarter-final against Napoli when he played some of his best football.
Even if he’s still getting to grips with the hectic and intense footballing schedule in England, supporters are still hopeful the 23-year-old will be a starter for the club for many years to come. As a result, it was a bit worrying to hear him talking about his dream to play for Boca Juniors earlier this week.
“At some point, I would like to wear the shirt of Boca,” Torreira said. “It is a dream that I have had from very young, it’s something that my family and the people around me know.
“I was with several friends for the Madrid final (against River Plate in the Copa Libertadores). I did not think I was going to suffer so much, I lived it with a lot of nerves. It was not as we wanted, but reaching the final is not for just anyone. It was a nice show because I had never had the chance to see Boca before.”
Of course, Torreira wasn’t saying he wanted to leave for Argentina this summer. I don’t think many Arsenal fans would care if the Uruguayan midfielder joined Boca at the end of his career, for one final contract before his retirement. They just want him around for the 10 years before that!