Sport Arsenal man reveals pride at joining the Gunners

00:35  13 july  2018
00:35  13 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Top Arsenal target makes admission over proposed deal to join the club

  Top Arsenal target makes admission over proposed deal to join the club Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted that he has been delaying his proposed move to Arsenal until after Uruguay’s campaign in the World Cup, as per a report from the Daily Mail. The Gunners have been keen to land Torreira for some time now and it’s believed that a deal worth around £25m has been agreed with Sampdoria. Torreira enjoyed an involved role in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign, which came to an end on Friday afternoon as France defeated them 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition. Following the defeat, Torreira was asked about whether his move to Arsenal had been postponed whilst he competed for his country. “Yes, we could have done things differently, but I did not want to think about other things. The World Cup is important and being part of this squad meant a lot to me. But now I have more time my future will be very clear.” “The important thing is that I’m happy to have been part of this squad and this World Cup, so I thank all the people who accompanied us.” Torreira looks all but set to complete his move to the Emirates in the near future following Uruguay’s exit, with Unai Emery continuing to reconstruct his Arsenal squad. The enigmatic Sampdoria star is not the only midfielder on Arsenal’s wishlist either, with reports indicating that the Gunners have opened talks with Sevilla over a deal to sign Steven N’Zonzi.

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New Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira has spoken out about the personal phone call with Unai Emery that convinced him to sign with the club, as well as his pride at being the first Uruguayan ‘Gunner’.

Talking to Uruguayan outlet Ovacion, Torreira said:

“When he called me, I could not believe it, I was in a hotel with a friend, and I got nervous. It was difficult for me to talk because receiving the call of a coach of such an important team generates many things.”

“We talked about several things. He also did not want to fill my head with too much because I knew the World Cup was coming, and that I was focused on that.”

Talking about how it feels to be the first Uruguayan to play for Arsenal, Torreira went on to say:

“It gives me tremendous pride. When we were signing we talked about that. It’s something great for me, and I really enjoy it because I know what it has cost me to get here. That’s why today life rewards me with this prize.”

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