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Sport Are you interested in FC Barcelona? Santi Cazorla raves about Villarreal defender Pau Torres: "Xavi often asks me about him"

21:56  24 february  2021
21:56  24 february  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Villarreal's defender Pau Lopez is on everyone's lips. His former teammate Santi Cazorla praised the 24-year-old in the highest tones.

The two-time European champion Santi Cazorla has praised Villarreal's defender Pau Torres in the highest tones. "I think he's a brutal player," enthused the 36-year-old Spaniard in an interview with the Catalan radio station RAC1 of his compatriot, who was twelve years his junior.

Cazorla, currently under contract with Al-Sadd in Qatar and active alongside Torres in the Yellow Submarine between 2019 and 2020, attested his former teammate "a great personality". The central defender has a lot "of the style of FC Barcelona, ​​he has a very good idea for the game."

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Even Cazorla's coach and Barca legend Xavi, from time to time at the Blaugrana as the new head coach in conversation , often asked his protégé about Torres.

# TuDiràs | ???? Cazorla: "Pau Torres em sembla un jugador brutal, Xavi em pregunta molt per ell. És un jugador jove, em sembla un futbolista brutal. Té una personalitat gran. Té més estil Barça, true to molt bé la pilota i té molt bona visió de joc ". pic.twitter.com/iOje7EpoVE

- Esports RAC1 (@ EsportsRAC1) February 23, 2021 Release clause over 65 million euros: Barca and Real Madrid vie for Pau Torres

Most recently, the Spanish sport reported that the Catalans put their feelers to Torres would have stretched out. The left foot is considered a serious candidate should the injury-prone Samuel Umtiti turn his back on the Blaugrana at the end of the current season.

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According to the report, Barca have already made contact with the player's entourage. There should be competition from Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pau Torres, Villarreal 2020-21, Real Madrid badge © Provided by Goal Pau Torres, Villarreal 2020-21, Real Madrid badge

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With Real Madrid, a third heavyweight has entered the race for the seven-time Spanish international . According to information from Goal and SPOX , the Royal Torres have been watching Torres for some time. In Madrid, he is alongside Seville's Jules Kounde as a possible candidate to succeed captain Sergio Ramos,

whose whereabouts beyond the season is still open.

However, the exit clause of 65 million euros anchored in Torres' contract, dated until 2024, could represent an obstacle.

X1 The defensive player comes from the youth of Villarreal, where he rose to the pros in 2018. After a one-year loan at Malaga FC, he has been back in the La Liga squad since 2019. So far this season Torres has played 24 league duels, all over the full distance, and scored two goals. X1

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