Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has expressed his desire to leave European football for good in a stunning interview.
Torreira has endured a difficult two years, having fallen out of favour at Arsenal and later struggling to establish himself with Atlético Madrid.
The 25-year-old also suffered personally after his mother – Viviana – passed away this week after testing positive for coronavirus.
“I’m dying to play for Boca Juniors,” he told ESPN.
“When my mother passed away, I told my agent that I want to come to Boca: I don’t want to play in Europe anymore. Nobody gave me anything.
“I’m happy with what I have, money gives you pleasure but it’s short. I want to be close to the important people in my life when they need me.”
“I would force myself to come to Boca. My father, crying, told me that it was time to play in Boca.
“I always liked Boca, I don’t know La Bombonera, it’s something that I have here inside and I have to indulge myself. Hopefully it can be given to me.
“Now I have to go back and focus on Atlético. I’m more than proud, I’m calm, my teammates always supported me.
“You have to be there, no matter how much it hurts. There’s a month and a half of competition left, hopefully I can end up raising LaLiga.”
Torreira still has two years left to run on his Arsenal contract.