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Player discusses decision to reject £52m offer from Spurs

Pau Torres has told El Confidencial that he rejected a move to Tottenham because he wanted to play in the Champions League with Villarreal.

Torres, 24, has been sensational for Villarreal since joining the club in 2018. Since then, he has clocked up 93 outings, and 14 caps for Spain.

He is expected to surpass 100 appearances for his current side in the coming weeks. But it could have been very different in the summer.

Fabio Paratici tabled an offer of £52million to sign the impressive defender. Villarreal accepted, but the player himself chose to turn down the offer.

Now, Torres looks back at deciding to reject Spurs. He says that he found the challenge of Champions League football at Villarreal more enticing.

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“It’s more of a challenge to play the Champions League. It was clear to me; a year to enjoy the Champions League with Villarreal, close to my family.

“[Villarreal] told me that whatever I decided they would respect. I am very happy at home. I have a contract until 2024. We will see,” Torres said.

Should Tottenham still pursue Torres, despite Romero signing?

Signing Cristian Romero was a coup for Tottenham. Last season’s Serie A player of the season, he is yet to replicate that form in North London.

It has been a turbulent spell at Spurs for Romero. Back late after winning the Copa America, he returned with a knee injury. Then, isolation.

He was one of four Premier League players that were forced to train in Croatia, after choosing to travel and play for their country.

So, Romero still has a lot to prove. But having spent big on the defence, surely Paratici will look to spend elsewhere instead of signing another?

Eric Dier is inconsistent, Davinson Sanchez looks bereft of confidence and Joe Rodon is yet to get a proper chance. Torres remains a top player.

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