Soldado: I’m leaving because…

Roberto Soldado has taken a parting shot at Valencia, saying that he is leaving for Tottenham because he ‘no longer trusts in the project’.

The 28-year-old club captain saw his move to the Premier League side confirmed on Thursday morning, subject to a medical.

Ahead of that, the striker ended his three-year stint in Valencia with a farewell Press conference, where he explained why he is leaving.

“I am leaving Valencia because I do not trust nor believe in this project,” Soldado exclaimed to reporters.

“From the first moment that I spoke with the President [Amadeo Salvo], I had decided that I wanted to go.

“He has told many lies, he has hurt me and my agents, who are like my family. The media has been given information that he has maliciously been filtering.

“I do not believe in his methods and I may be wrong, I wish that this marks a good time for the club.”

Soldado leaves just 12 months on from turning down the same transfer and committing to a five-year contract.

“I believe that this is a good deal for both clubs. I apologise to the fans for not fulfilling my contract. I would have liked to have retired here, but on the path I encountered a stone that I do not trust. I hope that Valencia will go well.”

Soldado could see new teammate Gareth Bale move in the opposite direction to La Liga this summer, with Real Madrid pursuing him.

“He is a great player and we are already seeing the trouble that Tottenham are going to in order to not let him go.

“Of course I want him to stay.”

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