Wednesday June 12 2019
Torreira: 'It was better in Italy'

Milan target Lucas Torreira admits “it was better in Italy” after one season at Arsenal. “I don’t think there are many things I enjoy here.”

The midfielder spoke to Ovacion, a sport subsection of newspaper El Pais, ahead of the Copa America.

“I don’t think there are many things I enjoy here in England. I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, it’s a very large country.

“The language barrier has been a problem, as I’ve had trouble relating to my teammates and the people around me. It is very difficult when you can’t dialogue with anyone.”

Torreira’s fondness for Italy is evident, as he returned to Genoa on his day off to sit in the stands and cheer on his old club Sampdoria.

The 23-year-old only completed his transfer from Samp to Arsenal for €30m last summer.

He spent practically his entire career in Italy, joining Pescara’s youth academy in January 2014.

Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy for Milan, as he’d be reunited with former Sampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo.