Villarreal defender Pau Torres has admitted it was a ‘quick decision’ for him to turn down Tottenham this summer.

The Spanish defender was heavily linked with a move away from the La Liga side this summer after establishing himself as one of the up and coming young stars in Europe over the last few years.

Tottenham were particularly keen as new director of Fabio Paratici sought out a new centre-back to replace the departed Toby Alderweireld.

They eventually settled on Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, but before that, numerous reports in Spain had suggested Torres was a potential target.

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That was rubbished by sources close to the player, and the eventual arrival of Romero put a definitive end to any speculation.

It seems Tottenham were keen at one point, though, but unfortunately for them, the defender wasn’t as interested in them as they were in him.

“I was informed of Tottenham’s interest, but I have always been clear that I wanted to stay at Villarreal,” he told AS when asked about the transfer rumours.

“My idea was to have an exciting season, I was very clear about what I wanted, and that was to stay at home and at Villarreal. That’s why it was a quick decision.

“All decisions are respectable; I wanted to stay. I’m happy with the decision I made, my idea was to stay at home and I’m happy about that.”