Villarreal's star centre-back Pau Torres has explained why he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of staying put.
Torres was linked with a €60million (£50million) move to Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, and Manchester United remained interested.
Spurs had tracked him thanks to his performances in the Europa League, which the Yellow Submarine emerged victorious from via a penalty shoot-out against United.
Torres took a penalty that evening, along with most players on the pitch, and he rifled the ball into the back of the net.
Winning a European title for his local side seemed to be the fairytale finish, but Torres opted to stay when mega-money moves came calling.
"However much the club grows, this is still a town of 50,000. It’s not normal that a club from such a small place does so well," Torres told the Guardian.
"I’m the only one in the team from Villarreal and there were lots of people in the stands I knew.
"I’m delighted to represent the town. I’ve always lived there – I’m comfortable there, feel myself there – and we all know each other.
"If it’s not a friend, it’s a friend of my cousins. I couldn’t let them down."
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He continued: "The pull of playing the Champions League with the team from my town was bigger.
"I was clear from the start.
"This is only the fourth time Villarreal reached the Champions League, which shows how hard it is and it was a dream to play the competition with my lifelong club.
"The president didn’t put pressure on me, even though they could make a lot of money; he always said 'the decision’s yours' that he’d respect it. I appreciate that.”
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Torres was part of the Villarreal side that took to the pitch against Manchester United for Michael Carrick's first game in charge on Tuesday evening.
The Spaniard lined up alongside former Real Madrid star Raul Albiol.
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