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Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira has confirmed that he decided to postpone his medical at Arsenal because of the World Cup.
The Uruguayan midfielder has been heavily €30m switch to North London this summer, having impressed in Serie A over the past two seasons.
Torreira’s Uruguay teammate Luis Suarez also recently stated his belief that Torreira would be a success in the Premier League.
His father had previously all but confirmed his son’s impending switch to Arsenal, but he also revealed that the Gunners tried to rush in a medical at the World Cup, which they rejected.
“Yes, we could have done things differently, but I did not want to think about other things,” said Torreira.
“The World Cup is important and being part of this squad meant a lot to me.
“But now I have more time my future will be very clear.
“The important thing is that I’m happy to have been part of this squad and this World Cup, so I thank all the people who accompanied us.”