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Villarreal President: “I’m not afraid of Real Madrid signing Pau Torres”

Fernando Roig has stated that any interested clubs will have to “pay up” for the left-footed center back

ESP: Villarreal CF - Dinamo Zagreb. EUROPA Champions League, quarters-final, second leg. Photo by Magma / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport

Villarreal have secured their position in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. They will take on Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos in the next round. Both teams will be desperate to reach the final with a shot at qualifying for next seasons’ Champions League.

Spanish international, Pau Torres, put in a strong 90 minute shift to help secure a 2-1 victory over Slavia Praha. The left footed center back was at the focus of some of the post-match commentary from his president to Partidazo de Cope.

“I am not afraid of Real Madrid signing Pau Torres,” Roig told Cope when asked about a potential departure of his young center back. “If they want Pau Torres, they will have to pay good money. I hope that we can still keep him for another two or three years.”

With reports from Carrusel Deportivo suggesting that Sergio Ramos is closer to leaving Real Madrid than renewing, it wouldn’t be surprising if the club had targeted Pau Torres as a potential replacement. Rumors around center backs have been ripe for months with David Alaba, Pau Torres, and Jules Kounde all floated as potential Sergio Ramos replacements. With a little over a month remaining in the current season, Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos will need to make a final decision on the future in order for each to prepare properly for the next season.

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