Lucas Torreira has reflected on his early career at Atletico Madrid and revealed his ambition for the end of the season.
Torreira joined Atletico on a season-long loan from Arsenal on deadline day, with Thomas Partey moving in the opposite direction.
The 24-year-old midfielder played once for Los Colchoneros in La Liga since arriving at the club, helping Diego Simeone’s team overcome Celta Vigo 2-0.
Despite spending less than a month at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Uruguay international already feels at home and seems to have no intention of returning to London.
Even a 4-0 thumping to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday has not changed his stance on that.
Atletico Madrid have an option to make Torreira’s stay in the Spanish capital permanent, and the player is hopeful that will be the case.
“I’ve suffered a lot of things – I had a lot of personal problems and more than anything my family also suffered,” Torreira said, as relayed by The Sun.
“I know that I am a year on loan. But I’ve been here for four or five days, and it seems like it’s a lot, because I’ve been treated very well.
“It is a new opportunity in my life, in which I have fought a lot because Atlético has always been one of my dreams, one of my goals as a team.
“And being able to achieve it at the age of 24 is something very important.
“It all depends on how I go during the season, which I hope is very good, and maybe in the future, I can stay in the club.”
Torreira came in as a late substitute at the Allianz Arena but could not do anything to prevent his side from being hammered by rampant Bayern Munich.