Pau Torres has revealed he turned down a move to Tottenham in the summer because he was determined to play in the Champions League for his hometown club Villarreal.
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was keen to bring in a new defender following the departure of Toby Alderweireld and Juan Foyth who left on permanent moves.
Spurs were keen to bolster their defense and identified Torres but the Spaniard wasn't interested in a move to the north London side as he wanted to remain at Villarreal.
"In the end, I found playing the Champions League with my hometown club more attractive," said the £50m-rated Spain international, who helped Villarreal overcome Manchester United in last season's Europa League final, in an interview with El Confidencial.
"This year, the national team has important aims and when you make changes, you don’t know how they will go. It was clear to me that it was a year to enjoy the Champions League with Villarreal, near my family."
Asked if he ever felt pressured by Villarreal to accept Tottenham's offer, Torres added: "At no moment. From minute one, they told me that they would respect whatever I decided.
"I am very happy at home. I have a contract until 2024 and we will see what’s best for everyone."
Tottenham's search for a central defender eventually led them to Cristian Romero instead, the Argentina international arriving from Atalanta in a £42m deal.