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Torreira lifts lid on first 'nervous' phone call from Arsenal boss Emery

Lucas Torreira admits the first phone call he took from Arsenal boss Unai Emery made him nervous.

The Emirates club parted with £22million to sign Torreira from Sampdoria after the Uruguay international impressed massively at the World Cup.

"When he called me, I could not believe it," Torreira told Ovacion. "I was in a hotel with a friend, and I got nervous. It was difficult for me to talk because receiving the call from a coach of such an important team generates many things.

"We spoke about several things. He also did not want to fill my head with a lot of things because I knew the World Cup was coming and that I was focused on that."

Upon joining Arsenal, Torreira added: "I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really and looking forward to starting this new adventure.

"I feel calm. I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It's a very positive thing that people want to welcome me.

"It makes me feel comfortable. Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice."

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