Rumours linking Pau Torres with a move away from Villarreal, and potentially to Manchester United, continue to swirl but the defender insists he is only thinking about his future with his current club, which looks bright.
The 24-year-old has had an impressive last two seasons with Villarreal, culminating with beating Manchester United in the Europa League final last week.
The centre-back is in the Spain squad for this summer’s European Championships and may well start for his country after his eye-catching performances for the Yellow Submarines.
United have been touted as his most likely next destination as they look for an ideal partner for Harry Maguire, but Torres sounds very content where he is right now.
After beating the Red Devils to win the Europa League, Unai Emery’s side have booked a spot in next season’s Champions League and Torres seems in no rush to leave.
‘Right now I have a contract with Villarreal,’ said Torres. ‘We’ve won a European trophy. We’ve shown we can compete against any opponent.
‘Next year we have the Champions League ahead of us, and that’s what I’m focused on. Those rumours mean that you’re doing a good job. I’m calm.
‘Those rumours came out a while ago and I don’t think my performance has changed, it’s been good.’
Torres has been happy to talk about his future, saying before the Europa League final: ‘For now I only think as a player dressed in yellow, I see my life linked to this club.
‘For now I have a contract here [until June 2024] and I do not see beyond this final or what may come this summer.’
The central defender has a release clause worth around £56m, and while reports in April suggested Villarreal could be persuaded to accept less than that sum, a return to the Champions League may encourage them to hold out for the full amount.
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