The top-ranked centre-half is registered on the recruiting radars of leading parties across Europe heading towards the summer window.

Torres is still focused on his team

Pau Torres has reacted to speculation that he is a transfer target for the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid by saying he remains “very calm” at home-town club Villarreal. The top-ranked centre-half is registered on the recruiting radars of leading parties across Europe heading towards the summer window. The 24-year-old Spain international is aware of the interest he is attracting but claims to pay little attention to it, as his attention is still focused on the present. Torres told reporters about the rumours he is generating: “I am very calm, I have a contract with a club in my city, and I enjoy it. I have to work to help my team.” A product of the Villarreal Academy System has taken in 77 appearances for the Yellow Submarine.

Real Madrid want to find a successor to Sergio Ramos

Over the past two seasons, a regular role has been played that has led to the claim of seven international caps. His current ability and future potential are said to have been honoured at Old Trafford and Santiago Bernabeu. Man United are looking for another option to slot in alongside Harry Maguire. At the same time, Real Madrid want to find a long-term successor to club captain Sergio Ramos – who continues to run his contract down towards free agency. Torres will not allow himself to be distracted by exit talk, while there is still a lot for him to play in 2020-21. Villarreal remain on the hunt for a top-five finish in LaLiga and advance to the Europa League semi-finals. Unai Emery is set to face his former employers at Arsenal.

Torres said of that challenge: “Arsenal are a great team, it will be challenging, but I think we have a team to solve the problem, and we will try to do our best. I am sure the coach will prepare the game perfectly.”