LUCAS TORREIRA has assured Arsenal fans that he is going nowhere amid speculation that he wants to return to Italy.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a summer switch to AC Milan after admitting that he found it hard to acclimatise to life in England.
The Uruguay international is wanted by his former Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo, who has just taken over the reins at the San Siro.
Despite this, Torreira has squashed any hopes of a reunion between the pair by insisting that he is happy at Arsenal.
Ahead of Uruguay’s Copa America quarter-final against Peru on Saturday, he said: “Nobody from AC Milan has got in touch with me, today I’m in the Premier (League) and happy to be part of Arsenal.
“It cost me, the adaptation, it’s not easy, but I only think about the team. I’m happy to be there.”
The news will be a welcome relief to the Gunners, who had no intention of letting the midfielder go unless they were offered a fee well in excess of the £25m they paid for him last summer.
Reports in Italy had claimed that Milan were prepared to offer Arsenal either Ricardo Rodriguez or Franck Kessie to sweeten any Torreira deal.
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However they have failed so far to match Celtic’s evaluation of Kieran Tierney, with their latest £17.5m rebuffed by the Hoops for the Scottish international.