Villareal defender Pau Torres says that he is “totally calm” amidst rumours of interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid for the Spaniard. He is currently on Euro 2020 duty with his national side Spain and does not want to indulge himself in any talks about his future.
The 24-year old centre back has recently become one of the hot properties of European football, and given the current situation of the transfer market, Pau Torres might attract many suitors. According to TransferMarkt, his current market value is estimated at around €50 Million which makes him one of the costlier options this summer. However, his wage demands are comparatively less than many of the other available options and combined with that, his young age makes him a bargain at that price tag.
Pau Torres opens up on his future plans
The defender, however, has said that he is quite happy at Villareal, having helped his boyhood club to Europa League glory last season. He is aware of the foreign interests but is currently focused on Euro 2020 only.
Speaking on his transfer speculations, Torres said: “I have a contract at Villarreal, I just won the first title for the club, we have qualified for the Champions League and it is something that excites me a lot.
“Now I’m focused on the Euros. Then the Super Cup and nice things will come, so I’m totally calm.”
On being pressed further, he revealed that his plan is to achieve those ‘nice things’ with his current club Villareal.
It is easier said than done, and we don’t often see players turning down an offer from clubs like Real Madrid. Pau Torres, however, claims that he can resist that temptation as he is contented at his current club.
“I live in my hometown, very quiet, doing beautiful things and fighting for great things with my hometown team.
“I’m totally calm, right now I am only focused on the European Championship, on Wednesday (when Spain will take on Slovakia).”
The impact of Sergio Ramos’ absence
Pau Torres’ defensive responsibilities at the national team have increased exponentially ever since their captain Sergio Ramos was dropped from the squad for Euro 2020. Owing to injury issues.
Regarding the controversial decision, the defender said, “I spoke with him several times. Both he and the coach have explained the decision,” Torres said of the decision to overlook a World Cup winner.
“Sergio has spent a lot of the season injured, unfortunately. I was the first one who wanted to see him here because I appreciate him a lot.
“We are the ones who are here, we are the ones who have to take this forward.”
“I’ve got on well with Sergio from the first day I came to the national team, for me he has always been a benchmark and now that he has to decide where his future is, I wish him the best and that the decision he makes is the best for him and for his family.”
Pau Torres has been rock solid in Spain’s defense in Euro 2020. In the two games that they have played so far, they have conceded only once, and the Villareal captain has not let the absence of Sergio Ramos be felt. Spain’s worries have been at the other end of the field. The La Furia are missing the presence of a proper targetman. Alvaro Morata’s poor finishing has cost them points and as it now stands, Spain are third on their league table. Their upcoming game against Slovakia will be do or die for them.
Is Luis Enrique the right man for Spain?
Under such circumstances, Spain’s head coach Luis Enrique has been put to some serious questioning by the Spanish media and many critics doubt whether the former FC Barcelona coach is the right man to manage Spain’s national side.
However, Pau Torres is convinced that Luis Enrique is the right man for the job. Defending his coach, the 24-year old said: “The coach is our leader from day one, the team plays the style he wants.
“I think he is proud that we do what he asks of us on the field. We will continue to do so. We all believe and know that this way is the right way for the results to arrive.
“We see him as being as positive as he was at the beginning, with even more desire for that first victory to come. Very excited, as we all are, to continue in the tournament.”