The man who signed Roberto Soldado for Tottenham has spoken about his chances of making the Spanish World Cup squad.
When the striker signed on the dotted line last summer, neither he or manager Andre Villas-Boas could have imagined it would turn out like this.
Soldado has just one Premier League goal from open play, five including penalties, while AVB finds himself without a job.
To suggest the two are not linked would be naive, for it was the manager's inability to get the Spaniard firing which helped lead to his downfall, considering he had ostracised the next best option in Emmanuel Adebayor.
Villas-Boas spoke to Marca earlier this week, discussing Gareth Bale, and his desire to one day manage either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
With the interview from a Spanish perspective he was quizzed about Roberto Soldado, whose World Cup place is in serious doubt, especially with Diego Costa now available for selection.
The former Tottenham Hotspur boss stated: "Roberto hasn't got it easy, but I hope he can go. He's a great player and an even greater person but he hasn't been picked for the last few matches."
The reason he has not been picked is only down to his own poor form, kept out by the man Adebayor could barely bring himself to play.
It's of course good to see AVB still retains faith in Soldado as a player, not bitter by the striker's slow start which impacted the team and led to his sacking.
Soldado's only saving grace when it comes to the World Cup could come in the form of Chelsea's Fernando Torres, who is enjoying just as underwhelming a season.
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