Manchester United transfer target Pau Torres has left the door open to move away from Villarreal in the future after revealing why he chose to stay this summer.
Spurspur and United were both linked to the Spain international centre back after he won the Europa League last year.
United lost on penalties to the Spanish team after a 1-1 draw between the sides in Gdansk, May. Torres was praised for his performances at the Euros and also caught the attention of United fans.
Despite rumors of strong Premier League interest in Torres, Torres didn’t move and started Wednesday night in the Champions League against United.
The Red Devils opted to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid instead of pursuing a move for Torres, leaving the door open for Spurs.
However, despite Spurs being prepared to pay up to £52million for the 24-year-old according to El Confidencial, they also report that Torres turned down a move to north London.
Nuno Espirito Santato signed Cristian Romero, Atalanta’s player instead to improve their defensive options.
Torres has now explained his decision to stay at Villarreal this summer as he stated: “In the end, I was more interested in playing in the Champions League with my local team.
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“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.
“It’s the fourth time Villarreal have played in the Champions League, and that’s what I was most looking forward to.”
Torres was a Villarreal boy when he joined the club. He made 44 appearances last season, as the club qualified for the Champions League with the win of the Europa League.
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Spurs, unlike Villarreal are not participating in Europe’s top club competition. Instead, they are playing in the Europa Conference League.
However, if the Spanish club does not qualify for next season’s Champions League, then expect many of Europe’s largest clubs to be interested in Torres next year.