Villareal defender Pau Torres has rejected a move to Tottenham Hotspur, opting to stay at the Spanish club for now.
Spurs recently tabled an offer of around 50 million euros for Torres and the club to sign him. Although the club did not reject it, the Spanish defender has, and remains firm in his decision to stay in Spain. He has rejected the first offer after considering the sporting projects of both teams.
Villareal won the Europa League last season, beating Manchester United on penalties. This means they will be in the Champions League next season. Torres wants to play Champions League football next season, and that is something Spurs can’t provide, having finished way below the top 4 in the league. The North London club will play in the Conference League instead, and are not in the conversation to finish in the top 4 this season as well.
According to reliable sources, Torres is certain about a sporting project, and wants Champions League football and an ambitious project to make the move. Villareal seem to have it at the moment, and he is excited about playing in the Champions League next season. Under Unai Emery, they have had their best season, and they will look to do one better this season.
Time is money
There are two weeks left for the transfer market to close, so Spurs will have to table an improved offer if they want to secure Torres’ services. It will be a hard prospect, especially given the initial refusal by the player.
Daniel Levy and his team will have to convince Torres about the project under new coach Nuno Santo, and with the clock ticking behind them.
Torres is currently on vacation, after his team lost the Super Cup to Chelsea on penalties. He will be back in action in September, which means he will sit out the first three La Liga games