Spain international Pau Torres admits that he turned down a move to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in favour of extending his stay at Villarreal, speaking to Marca.
Fortunately, Spurs’ backline looks fairly – and unusually – solid right now.
If you had told supporters that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side would begin the season with Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez holding the fort against a Manchester City side boasting their new £100 million signing… well, lets just say the feeling towards under-fire owner Daniel Levy would not have improved all that much.
But Dier and Sanchez have silenced their doubters – at least for the time being – with three successive clean sheets seeing Tottenham set the pace in the Premier League.
Cristian Romero, the £47 million Argentina international, is waiting in the wings too.
Torres’ comments, then, might not elicit the same panicked response they would have if Spurs had began the season with three defeats and a 5-0 thumping at the Etihad – like another club from a few miles down the road.
Did Pau Torres make the right call?
“I was informed of Tottenham’s interest but I was clear from the first moment what I wanted, and so I decided calmly,” says the commanding, ball-playing Torres.
According to AS, Spurs agreed a £46 million deal with Villarreal in mid-August before the Europa League winner rebuffed their advances.
“I decided that the best thing for me was to continue at Villarreal. We have many challenges this season that I am passionate about. It didn’t take long for me to decide,” Torres adds.
“I chose to be consistent with what I wanted. That is why I am calm and happy with how the summer has gone and what lies ahead.
“I have found a team that has strengthened very well. We must be ambitious and look for the first victory in the league as soon as possible.”