Villarreal defender Pau Torres has admitted that he turned down a chance to move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
According to Marca, Spurs had tabled a deal worth £55 million with The Yellow Submarine for the Spainish international, but a deal never materialised, with Torres instead signing a new contract to stay remain with the Europa League champions.
Despite this, Nuno Espirito Santo has been working wonders with the Spurs back line, keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League to open the season.
Nuno has deployed a partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier in defence, with summer signing Cristian Romero continuing to build match sharpness following injury.
Spurs were looking for an additional centre back with Torres planted firmly near the top of director Fabio Paratici’s list, but the 24-year-old has revealed he had no plans to leave Villarreal any time soon.
“I was informed of Tottenham’s interest, but I have always been clear that I wanted to stay at Villarreal,” Torres told Spanish publication AS.
“My idea was to have an exciting season, I was very clear about what I wanted, and that was to stay at home and at Villarreal. That’s why it was a quick decision.
“All decisions are respectable, I wanted to stay. I’m happy with the decision I made, my idea was to stay at home and I’m happy about that.”
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Torres would have been an excellent signing for Spurs, particularly after his solid showings throughout Villarreal’s Europa League campaign last season, and at Euro 2020. But there is nothin much Spurs can do if the player wanted to stay at his club. You can only respect that given the faith they have shown in him.
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