You know you are at the right place when you have a good sum of money at the door, looking for you to leave for Dubai and prefer to stay in Villarreal. That’s what happened with Vicente Iborra. As reported by SuperDeporte, both club and player decided to turn down an offer from Dubai, a move which would have seen him play in the UAE Pro League, where former Valencia striker Álvaro Negredo last played before returning to Spain. The name of the club has not transcended to the media, but I feel Al Nasr could be the one who tried to sign him.
Villarreal loves Iborra and Iborra loves playing here. Originally from Moncada, less than an hour drive from Villarreal, he has here a stable situation for his family while being an important player for Villarreal while gaining influence inside the locker room. This can be seen as also the club was in favor of turning down the offer, which just shows how important they consider him.
Villarreal wants to achieve higher results, and Iborra is interested in that project from the looks of it. It helps that Unai Emery is here, who managed to get the best version of him while both where in Sevilla. Emery managed to give him new roles as he was not also a defensive midfielder, Emery also made him play as an attacking midfielder, which allowed him to show he can do more than what people expect of him. You can only get excited about what the partnership Iborra-Emery can produce this time around.