Pau Torres explains why he snubbed Tottenham transfer with brutal put down

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Villarreal defender Pau Torres has explained why he turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham in the summer transfer window. Torres was the subject of much interest from the Premier League over the summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham the two clubs most firmly linked with him.

United are understood to have scouted the Spanish international, but eventually instead opted to sign Raphael Varane for an initial fee of £34million from Real Madrid.

Tottenham signed Cristian Romero from Atalanta in a £42m move, yet he was far from the only centre-back that football director Fabio Paratici had contacted.

El Confidencial reports that Spurs tabled an official bid of £51m (€60m) for Torres in the summer.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who is under contract with his hometown club until June 2024, has previously confirmed the interest.

“I was informed of Tottenham’s interest, but I have always been clear that I wanted to stay at Villarreal,” he told AS earlier this month.

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He has now added more detail to his reasoning for rejecting a move to north London – and it seems Spurs’ inclusion in the newly-founded Europa Conference League did not prove an attractive proposition.

“Because in the end, I was more interested in playing in the Champions League with my local team,” Torres told El Confidencial bluntly when asked why he turned down the opportunity.

“In a year when the national team has important challenges and, when you make changes, you don’t know how it will go.

“It was clear to me that it was a year to enjoy the Champions League with Villarreal, close to my family.


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“It’s the fourth time Villarreal have played in the Champions League, and that’s what I was most looking forward to.

“From minute one, they (Villarreal) told me they would respect whatever I decided. I am very happy at home.

“I have a contract until 2024 and whatever is best for everyone, we’ll see.”

Torres has been a key part of Villarreal’s success under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery recently.

The centre-back helped the club beat Manchester United in the final of the Europa League in May and was rewarded by being called up for Spain at Euro 2020.

He will likely start when Villarreal face United once again this evening in the group stages of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham side are preparing to face Slovenian team Nura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday after three straight Premier League defeats.

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