Lucas Torreira sends message to Thomas Partey over Arsenal transfer


Lucas Torreira joined Atletico Madrid on loan on deadline day (Picture: Getty)

Lucas Torreira wished Thomas Partey good luck following his move to Arsenal and said the Gunners will treat the midfielder ‘very well’ at the Emirates.

Arsenal signed Partey on deadline day after they activated a release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract to sign the Ghanian for £45m.

The Gunners waited to sign Partey because they wanted to offload some members of their squad before sanctioning the transfer.

One of those was Torreira and the Uruguayan is likely to be Partey’s replacement at the Wanda Metropolitano after he signed a one-year loan deal with Diego Simeone’s side.

Despite falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta, there is no bitterness from Torreira and the Uruguayan says Partey will find a club that is perfect for him in north London.

Partey signed after Arsenal activated a £45m release clause in his contract (Picture: Getty)

Asked about Partey’s move, Torreira said: ‘There he will meet a club where they treated me very well and that is the most important thing.’

Torreira had agreed to join Fiorentina earlier in the window but Arsenal used him as a sweetener in the Partey deal.

The midfielder wanted to leave the club before the new season started and though he admits he ‘suffered’ during the window, he admits he’s glad that his move is done and dusted.

‘I’m happy. The truth is that after a bit of suffering because it happened at the last hours for the transfer period to end, but the important thing is that the signing took place,’ said Torreira.

‘Today I’m a new Atlético Madrid player. I’m super happy

‘That took a long time, but as I said before, everything went very well and I was able to sign’.

Despite signing Torreira, relations between Atletico and Arsenal are now said to be strained.

The Gunners activated Partey’s release clause just 32 minutes before the deadline closed and they did not notify Atletico of their intention to do so.

The La Liga giants are said to be ‘furious’ at Arsenal’s conduct and the relationship between the two clubs is reportedly ‘irreparable’.

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