Pau Torres sends warning to Man Utd ahead of Europa League final vs Villarreal

Pau Torres has warned Manchester United that Villarreal will not be content material wth merely reaching the Europa League final.

United will face a Yellow Submarine aspect taking part in of their first ever European final in Wednesday’s showpiece in Gdansk.

It will even be a primary for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will goal his first trophy as Red Devils boss after his aspect suffered 4 semi-final defeats over the previous two seasons.

But there may be arguably much more at stake for Villarreal, with Champions League qualification on the road after the Spanish aspect missed out by way of their La Liga position.

Centre-back Torres – who has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford – insists silverware is the primary motivation for Unai Emery’s aspect, fairly than the possibility to return to Europe’s prime membership competitors.

Pau Torres speaking to Guillem Balague for the Pure Football podcast

And he warned United he and his team-mates will not be in Poland simply to make up the numbers after beating Arsenal on the last-four stage to attain the final.

“It is Villarreal’s first European final,” mentioned the 24-year-old in an interview with Spanish soccer professional Guillem Balague.

“Being able to lift the first title is something that would become part of our history. It would be the fulfilment of a dream.

“But we don’t need to be left with having the ability to simply say that we have been in a final. We need to exit and win that final.”

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Torres has been touted as a switch goal for United this summer time as Solskjaer seeks a centre-half companion for Harry Maguire.

The left-footer has impressed for Villarreal, successful a lot of admirers along with his tempo, consciousness and anticipation.

He is reported to have a £56m launch clause – though it’s thought his membership could agree to promote for much less in the event that they fail to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.

But Torres, who’s contracted till 2024, insists he’s concentrating on Wednesday’s final after which taking part in for Spain at subsequent month’s Euro 2020 finals.

“For now I only think as a player dressed in yellow,” he mentioned. “I see my life linked to this club.

“For now I’ve a contract right here and I don’t see past this final or what could come this summer time. God prepared I will be in a Euro Cup.

“I only want the first title for my club, for my people, and then to represent Spain in a tournament as big as this.”

Torres was named in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad earlier this week, together with fellow centre-half choices Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia (Man City), Diego Llorente (Leeds) and Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), with Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos disregarded.

Guillem Balague is a European soccer specialist and host for the Pure Football podcast.

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