Unai Emery says Villarreal centre back Pau Torres is the best defender he’s managed.
That’s some statement from a respected conservative manager like Emery, who had some brilliant players during his spells at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. We’ll forget about Arsenal.
This caught out attention because United have been linked with a summer move for Torres as Erik ten Hag looks to bring in a new centre-back ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Speaking to London.Football, Emery previously said: “Pau Torres is an amazing player, I think he’s a top player.
“I’ve been a coach in Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and I’ve never seen a centre back like Pau Torres.
“I think he’s going to play at the highest level, he’s playing now in the national team but he can play in the top teams in Europe very soon.”
Unlike Raphael Varane, who United opted to sign instead of the Spaniard last year, Torres played every minute in La Liga last season. He was a crucial part of Emery’s side that reached the Champions League semi-finals.