Djukic doubts Soldado departure

Miroslav Djukic does not believe that any club interested in Roberto Soldado will pay his €30m buyout clause, but admits: “We must be prepared for anything.”

The striker has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham in recent days, with the latter’s technical director set to pick up negotiations with Los Che over the 28-year-old today.

Where those talks are said to be just €4m shy of Valencia’s asking price, with a deal expected to be reached today the club’s Coach has expressed his opinion that no-one will trigger Soldado’s clause.

“I do not believe anyone will. I believe that he will be with us, but nobody can guarantee anything,” Djukic told reporters this week.

“In football as in life, we must be prepared for anything.

“We all want him to stay and believed he was going to, but someone can always come along and pay his clause. That is the danger.

“For now he is our player and we are with him.

“Has the club changed its position on Soldado? From the beginning we have said that he will not be sold and that the only way for someone to get him would be to pay the clause and for the player to agree to leave.

“Valencia have lost Claudio Lopez, Gaizka Mendieta and many other great players and has remained a great club, Valencia has its own greatness and will remain great forever.”

Speculation is also linked left-back Aly Cissokho with a move to Liverpool this summer.

“We do not know yet for sure. There are some offers for some players and so we will have to wait a bit.

“On the left side we are very well covered. Juan Bernat can play there, Andres Guardado and Jeremy Mathieu also.

“It is a position that is very well covered and with guarantees.”

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