October 22, 2021


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Pau Torres responds directly to Manchester United transfer speculation

Pau Torres insists he is ‘totally calm’ about his situation after being asked directly about Manchester United’s interest in signing him this summer.

Torres, the Villarreal and Spain centre-half, has been heavily linked with a summer move, with Real Madrid also targeting the defender.

The 24-year-old has a release clause of £51million but United are hoping to lower that figure in negotiations.

However, the centre-back insists he is not concerned about how his future pans out as he focuses on representing his country at Euro 2020.

‘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,’ Torres told Goal.

Asked if anyone can turn down Real Madrid, Torres added: ‘I live in my home town, 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 face Slovakia).’

Torres has started both of Spain’s Euro 2020 clashes so far, in draws against Sweden and Poland, becoming a central figure in the heart of the defence.

Spain coach Luis Enrique made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos – who will leave the club this summer – out of his Euro 2020 squad, despite having three spare places unfilled.

‘I spoke with him several times. Both he and the coach have explained the decision,’ Torres said of the decision to leave Ramos at home.

‘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.’