SCHRUNS, AUSTRIA - MAY 23: Roberto Soldado of Spain looks on during a training session on May 23, 2012 in Schruns, Austria. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
If you figured that Roberto Soldado might be a good solution to Tottenham Hotspur's striker woes, think again. Soldado signed a new contract recently with Valencia that runs through 2017, and he doesn't plan on going anywhere. According to Soldado himself, Tottenham made a bid, but Valencia rejected it because he has no intention of leaving the Mestalla.
"I know about Tottenham's interest. My representatives told me about it - they made an offer but it was rejected because, when I signed a new deal in the close-season, it was made very clear that I intend to honour it. My loyalty to Valencia is total - I want to play here and there are many things to achieve with this great team."
Valencia finally have funding for their new stadium, they're playing Champions League football and they have a solid squad. There's no reason why Valencia can't finish third in La Liga while qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages, which is more than anyone can say for Tottenham this season. It wouldn't be a step up for Soldado, and I'm not surprised he doesn't want to leave Los Che.