Carlo Ancelotti made a determined final minute plea to Lucas Torreira’s agent to attempt to persuade his consumer to snub a transfer to Arsenal.
The 23-year-old, the costliest of Unai Emery’s 5 headline summer season recruits at £26million from Sampdoria, has loved an distinctive first season within the Premier League.
After starring on the World Cup for Uruguay on their run to the quarter finals, Arsenal moved shortly to affirm Torreira’s signing and he has slotted in seamlessly on the base of their midfield.
It might have been a distinct story, nonetheless, had former Chelsea supervisor Carolo Ancelotti received his method upon succeeding Maurizio Sarri.
‘Ancelotti wanted me to bring him to Napoli up until the last minute, but we already had a verbal agreement with Arsenal,’ Torreira’s consultant Pablo Bentancur advised Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
‘He rang me personally to try and convince me, but I’m sorry I simply couldn’t convey him to Napoli.’
The tenacious midfielder performed a key position in final Thursday’s 2-Zero Europa League quarter remaining first leg win over Napoli on the Emirates, forcing an personal aim from Kalidou Koulibably.
Torreira returned from a three-game home suspension following his crimson card in final month’s north London derby in final night time’s 1-Zero win over Watford however was introduced off at half-time as a consequence of the position he performed within the sport’s flashpoint involving Troy Deeney.
Explaining the change, Emery stated: ‘First I made a decision to do the change of Lucas Torreira as a result of after the crimson card, the ambiance is towards him,” stated Emery.
‘Also the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain for Thursday and I decided okay, it’s the second.
‘I think it’s small and he may be prepared for Thursday bodily.’