Soldado happy to shun Spurs interest
Valencia”s Roberto Soldado is happy to remain with the club despite interest from English club Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year-old forward has stated he doesn”t want to leave the Mestalla this summer and wants to help Valencia return to the Champions League.
“It is clear for me that I want to stay here and help Valencia return to the Champions League, where we deserve to be,” Soldado told Valencian newspaper Super Deporte.
Rumours linking Soldado with a Premier League move have been an annual occurrence, however the Spanish forward doesn”t look set to leave the La Liga.
Despite Soldado”s wish to remain with the club, reportedly new coach Miroslav Djukic is willing to sell their top scorer to create revenue to bolster the squad.
Valencia”s financial state is well known to everyone in football and consistently they have to sell their best players. David Villa, Juan Mata and Jordi Alba are just three of the recent players to leave the Mestalla and the exodus of world-class players shows no sign of halting.
The news Soldado could stay a Valencia player is a real blow for Spurs.
Tottenham are desperate to bring in a centre-forward this summer, as they look to take the pressure of the shoulders of star player Gareth Bale.
Soldado would certainly fit the bill at White Hart Lane and his ability to play as a lone striker means he”ll easily be able to handle Villas-Boas”s formation.
Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor both had an indifferent season last campaign and combined still didn”t match Bale”s goal tally.
Both Defoe and Adebayor could be sold this summer as Andre-Villas Boas looks to bring in funds to kick start another Champions League push.
Another striker who has been linked with Spurs consistently is the Brazilian Leandro Damiao.
The Internacional forward is certain to move to Europe this summer, however has been quoted as saying he would like Champions League football.
A.C Milan have admitted their interest in Damiao and can offer elite European club football, something Spurs can”t.
Tottenham could be set for a Brazilian influx of players, with Paulinho looking set to join Sandro at White Hart Lane. Spurs have also been linked with a move for the “next big thing” to come from Brazil in the form of Atletico Mineiro”s Bernard.