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Torres shares the lengths Emery went to secure his Villa transfer


Pau Torres has been a wonderful signing for Aston Villa, when fit, this season and he was pursued by Unai Emery in the summer transfer window

Pau Torres of Aston Villa (Image: Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Pau Torres has revealed that Aston Villa manager Unai Emery was in touch with him even throughout his honeymoon in the summer, such was the intention from the Villa manager to bring the centre half to the Premier League. Torres and Emery were reunited this summer when the Spaniard made the move from Villarreal, where Emery had previous worked with him.

Emery wanted a ball-playing centre half who could start attacks and identified Torres as his top target, a target who was pursued and successfully recruited by Villa's transfer team. It's been an excellent first year in England for Torres, too; recently missing because of injury, he proved to be a big loss, but his return to action has coincided with successive wins.

So far, he's helped Villa to win 18 of the 26 games he's appeared in and has scored twice; already, Torres has proven his worth and is considered to be a crucial member of this Champions League chasing side by staff, teammates and supporters alike. There was plenty of hard work done in the summer, however, on Emery's part to persuade him to make the switch from his boyhood club and have a crack at the Premier League.

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"We were in contact," Torres said, in an interview with Sky Sports. "I had to tell him to let us enjoy our holiday, that a honeymoon is something you only experience once in your life, and that we leave it until I was back. He respected that for the days before I came here.

"He is a very demanding manager, first of all with himself," he says. "He is the first one who wants us to get positive results and that energy, that demandingness he has of himself, transmits to all the players. We are kind of infected with his way of seeing football. He demands that football is the biggest thing in your life and that you are fully focused on it. As players, we have to take advantage of having a manager like that, who demands so much from us.

"I think we can achieve important things with him. I felt like, at Villarreal, there wasn't much more I could do. I had achieved my dreams with the club of my life. It was time to accept a new challenge and come to the Premier League. I am happy with the step I have taken."

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