Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted he preferred living in Italy amid interest from AC Milan.
The Uruguay international joined the Gunners in a £23million deal from Sampdoria last summer and impressed during his debut campaign at the Emirates.
Torreira made 50 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners last term and was an instant hit with supporters, who warmed to his tenacious approach in midfield.
Milan are believed to be close to appointing Marco Giampaolo as a replacement for Genaro Gattuso and the Sampdoria boss is believed to be keen on a reunion with Torreira.
And the midfielder has done little to dampen speculation that he’d be open to a move to the San Siro by admitting he preferred life in Italy compared to England.
Asked what parts of life in England he enjoys, Torreira replied:
‘I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy.
‘I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.
‘The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers 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.’
Torreira was regularly left on the bench at the start of the season as Unai Emery slowly embedded him into the first team.
However, the Uruguay man finished the season on 50 appearances and he admitted the gruelling nature of the Premier League took its toll.
‘There were many more matches,’ said Torreira.
‘I had to get used to playing every three days, which is very hard.
‘Unfortunately, it is not given us to classify directly to the Champions League and got through to the final of the Europa League. Losing that final was very hard not only for us but for the club. But for me, the balance was positive and I am satisfied and happy with what I did in the year’.