Lucas Torreira has appeared to open the door to a possible return to Serie A after the Arsenal midfielder admitted that he preferred living in Italy.
The Uruguay international moved to Arsenal in a £26m deal from Sampdoria in the 2018 summer transfer window ahead of the World Cup in Russia last summer.
Torreira was a big hit with the Arsenal supporters thanks to his never-say-die attitude in the middle of the park, adding some much-needed steel to the Gunners team.
Torreira has been linked with a move to Serie A giants AC Milan in recent weeks as the San Siro outfit look to bring the combative midfielder back to Italy.
And the South American star has opened up about his difficulties adjusting to life in England.
“I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country,” Torreira is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“The language [barrier] has stopped me, to be able to relate with my teammates and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.
“And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.
“It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”
The Uruguayan midfielder scored two goals and made two assists in 34 games in the Premier League as Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder made one assist in 12 outings in the Europa League as Arsenal lost 4-1 to bitter London rivals Chelsea FC in the Baku showpiece.
Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top-four finish to condemn Unai Emery’s men to another season in the Europa League.
The Gunners haven’t finished in the top four since 2015-16.