Connect with us

Sports

Pau Torres Explains Why He Turned Down Tottenham Deal

Published

on

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.

Politics9 mins ago

Automate issuance of passport, national identity card overseas, Reps tell FG

News13 mins ago

Pictorial: Three victims of auto crash while returning from Jos wedding buried in Bauchi

Local13 mins ago

Price rally spurs growth at stock market

Politics19 mins ago

Buhari did not order AEDC management sack – Presidency

World27 mins ago

Germany: Muslims pray in courtyard entrance, beat man who asked them to let his car through

Politics29 mins ago

Buhari congratulates new German Chancellor, Scholz 

Sports31 mins ago

Atalanta’s Final Champions League Group Match Against Villarreal Was Postponed On Wednesday Because Of Heavy Snow

News35 mins ago

EFCC declares forex firm boss Maxwell Odum wanted over N213bn fraud

News35 mins ago

EFCC declares forex firm boss Maxwell Odum wanted over N213bn fraud

Local37 mins ago

FCT-IRS rakes in N118 billion, targets more in 2022: Official

Politics39 mins ago

Rep Bamishile denies accompanying ex-SSG, Oyebanji to obtain governorship forms

Politics49 mins ago

Zamfara APC crisis: Yari’s faction slams Senator Yarima

Sports55 mins ago

Juventus Will Enter Monday’s Champions League Last-16 Draw As Winners Of Group H After Chelsea Missed Out On Top Spot

News57 mins ago

Parliament elects Ignazio Cassis as next Swiss president

Local59 mins ago

Brothers docked for beating police superintendent

Politics59 mins ago

Buhari condemns killing of Oromoni, says perpetrators won’t be spared

Politics1 hour ago

ASUU gives scholarship to 50 most-deserving Unizik students

Sports1 hour ago

Juventus Beat Malmo To Finish Above Chelsea And Advance To The Champions League Last 16 As Group H Winners

Politics1 hour ago

Nigeria currently minefield of non-communicable diseases related deaths ― Expert

News1 hour ago

I hear I’m gay all the time – Don Jazzy

News6 hours ago

2023: Group cautions against fresh plots to defame Osinbajo

Entertainment15 hours ago

Man who was caught in broad daylight stealing, given soft drink and asked to dance to avoid any punishment (video)

Viral17 hours ago

May God Help This Generation: See What This Married Woman Was Caught Doing In Public (Photos)

News12 hours ago

Man commits suicide after losing company N150,000 bet

Politics10 hours ago

3800 civil servants to write promotional exams in Bauchi

Business News7 hours ago

EFCC Declares MBA Forex Owner Wanted Over N231bn

Entertainment10 hours ago

“She had plastic surgery without informing him, she was seeing another man” – Ned Nwoko’s media team spills ‘truth’ about his separation with Moroccan wife, Laila

Sports10 hours ago

Rio Ferdinand And Michael Owen Have Agreed That Mohamed Salah Was An Average Finisher When At Chelsea

News14 hours ago

Pinnick to represent Infantino at special event in Ukraine

Business News10 hours ago

FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty

News10 hours ago

1m doses of COVID vaccine expires in Nigeria – Reuters

Politics2 hours ago

Dowen College parents mourn, demand justice over death of Sylvester

Entertainment12 hours ago

#JusticeForSylvester: Nigerian women stage protest in front of Dowen College (photos)

Politics10 hours ago

Oyo NIPR holds 2021 dinner, honours Tribune, Ayefele, Onireti, others

News9 hours ago

80 Nigerians to graduate from Business School Netherlands

Entertainment9 hours ago

Fans offer prayers for Sammie as he reveals life hasn’t been easy since he left BBNaija

News6 hours ago

Sports bet: Man allegedly commits suicide after losing company’s N150,000

Entertainment14 hours ago

That age is so sensitive. They need you – Singer Simi advises parents against placing their children in boarding schools

News6 hours ago

Man caught in broad daylight stealing, asked to dance to avoid any punishment (video)

Entertainment10 hours ago

“I have tested positive for COVID-19” – BBNaija star, Maria reveals, says she’s in quarantine in Ghana

Trending