Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic has responded to Roberto Soldado’s parting words on leaving the club for Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spanish international said he ‘neither trusted nor believed in this project’ and also
alleged that President Amadeo Salvo had told him lies. However, although Djukic thanked Soldado for his time with Los Che he believes he was wrong in his accusations.
“I think Roberto was wrong. It’s normal that the club will defend its position, which is what the President has done, and that is totally reasonable.
“All of us believe in this project and we think we have a great team. Roberto did some great things at Valencia, for which we are extremely grateful, and this will always be his home.
“Therefore, I think he is wrong in his declarations,” the Serbian told a Press conference.
Djukic had some kind words to say about former Valencia captain David Albelda, who this week announced his retirement from professional football.
“He has been a great player who gave a lot to this club. He was an idol, a mainstay of the team, someone who was part of a great era.
“There comes a day when all of us retire and David is a man who will always be remembered and have a special place here,” said Djukic, who was a former teammate of Albelda’s.
The 47-year-old also commented on Argentine winger Pablo Piatti, who was left out of the club’s recent tour to the United States as ‘punishment’ for not accepting any of the transfer offers that came his way over the summer.
“Right now he is our player and part of our squad, so he will work with us as one more member of the playing staff. I can also be wrong. I’m not God, nor am I Mourinho or Guardiola, and I can be mistaken.
“If Piatti can demonstrate I was wrong then I’ll have no problem in rectifying things,” he pointed out.