Pau Torres emerges as Sergio Ramos’ heir apparent for Real Madrid. The 23-year-old central defender has a release clause of €50m.
Pau Torres is rapidly installing himself as LaLiga’s most coveted central defender after emerging through the ranks at Villarreal to take his place alongside Sergio Ramos for Spain following the retirement of the Real Madrid captain’s longtime international partner Gerard Piqué.
Torres, 23, cemented his place in the Yellow Submarine’s first team in 2019-20 after his making his debut aged 19 and is now considered one of the most assured centre halves in the division as he approaches 50 top-flight appearances at club level.
The fact that Torres plays alongside Ramos for Spain in a profitable partnership where the qualities of one complement the other is unlikely to pass unnoticed at Real Madrid, where Raphaël Varane is under the microscope.
Although Ramos’ contract situation remains unclear, history suggests that the captain will end up agreeing to another deal at the Bernabéu where Torres, who has a release clause of €50m (which could rise to €75m with add-ons) at Villarreal, could well be under consideration as a partner and eventual successor to Ramos.
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