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Mikel Arteta has told Lucas Torreira to stay calm after the Arsenal midfielder made an emotional public request to be sold this summer after the death of his mother.
The 25-year-old has been loaned to Atletico Madrid in October and set to return to the Emirates this summer.
Torreira’s combative qualities appeared perfectly suited to the demands of Diego Simeone, but his career has stalled again and has been unable to win a regular place in his new manager’s starting XI.
The 25-year-old’s career and life took a further turn for worse last month when it was confirmed that his mother, Viviana Di Pascua, had passed away having contracted coronavirus.
Torreira subsequently revealed his desire to end his European career, return to his native South America and complete a dream move to Boca Juniors.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Slavia Praha, Arteta said:
“We have contacted him, we have spoken to him we know how much of a difficult time this is for him. He was really attached to his Mum and with his family and it’s a hard time for him emotionally.
“There is a lot of thoughts and things that goes through his mind but… ‘tranquilo’ when things are like that it is not the moment to make decisions.
“I understand how he’s feeling emotionally his need and responsibility to be closer to his family but this is not the moment to make any decision. Certainly it’s a decision that will have to be made by different parties and now nothing is going to change.
“Players often go through different stages in their careers and emotional moments and these things happen. We have to deal with that and when you recruit a player from a foreign country they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture a new language a new way of doing things. The risk is there.”