Atletico Madrid make decision on Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira ahead of January transfer deadline

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira looks set to stay at Atletico Madrid after all, despite his lack of game time.

The Uruguayan is currently with the La Liga leaders on a season-long loan but having featured sparingly, there was talk he would be recalled early to join another club during this window.

“The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about [Lucas] Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he’s well. We want to know about him, how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico think,” Gunners sporting director Edu told AS earlier this month.

“For us, Lucas and his happiness is the most important thing. If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will seek a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player’s situation.”

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Torreira has made 16 appearances for Atletico across all competitions but he has started only three times in La Liga, including today, in the 4-2 win over Cadiz, his first league start since October.

But that did not go particularly well with Diego Simeone pulling him off at half-time having not been impressed by the midfielder’s performance.

Though, it seems Atletico will still opt to keep Torreira, or at least that was their intention ahead of the fixture with Cadiz with La Nazione reporting Los Rojiblancos are not willing to lose him during this window.

The report claims Simeone wants to make sure he has enough cover in midfield and feels he will not have enough time to replace Torreira should he leave.

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