Pau Torres Explains Why He Turned Down Tottenham Deal

They initially seemingly targeted Jules Kounde, only for their offers to be rebuffed by the player, who favoured a move to Chelsea.

Tottenham were close to offering €35M + Sanchez for Koundé but never committed.

Kounde was not impressed by the sporting ambition of the club.

They then moved for Pau Torres, Villareal’s talented defender, and “offered €60m, and a salary some at the club believe to be four times what he was on at Villarreal”.

Finally, they got their man, in the form of Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, who signed on an initial loan with an obligation to make the move permanent in January.

Tottenham will prepare paperworks for Cristian Romero deal today, after agreement reached with Atalanta. €55m fee confirmed with add ons. Done deal. Romero will soon fly to London. ⚪️🇦🇷 #THFC

Now, speaking to the Guardian, the left-footed Spaniard has revealed why he turned down the north London lights, and it is all to do with home.

The Villareal defender said:

“The pull of playing the Champions League with the team from my town was bigger,”

“I was clear from the start. This is only the fourth time Villarreal reached the Champions League, which shows how hard it is and it was a dream to play the competition with my lifelong club.”

He was full of praise for the hierarchy too, revealing:

“The president didn’t put pressure on me, even though they could make a lot of money. He always said “the decision’s yours,” that he’d respect it. I appreciate that.”

Asked what he thought of his decision now, Torres showed no signs of regret:

“I’m enjoying it. It’s a special year, the group is very close, that’s why I stayed.”

With Villareal sitting second in their Champions League group, and Spurs in crisis, it seems a wise move.