Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told press today that he doesn't expect striker Roberto Soldado to be leaving the club, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Soldado, 29, has scored just three goals in 24 appearances this season, and continues to struggle in English football, 18 months after his £26m move from Valencia.
The Spaniard has now been linked with an exit, with Sport Bild suggesting Bayer Leverkusen are interesting in signing Soldado, whilst Calcio Mercato also believe Roma are considering a move to sign him.
Despite rumours gathering pace that Soldado could leave White Hart Lane, manager Pochettino tackled the issue during a press conference today, and said he believes the former Real Madrid striker will be staying at the club.
"I am happy with Soldado," said Pochettino. "I expect him to be here, we have four competitions to play in and we need a strong squad."
Pochettino has only three strikers at his disposal, and whilst Harry Kane has developed into a regular goalscorer this season, Emmanuel Adebayor remains a divisive figure and can't really be relied upon by Spurs.
Selling Soldado would therefore leave Pochettino short of options, and with Tottenham still competing in the Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Europa League, he need to utilise his squad and rotate players in and out of the side.
That means Soldado will still get his fair share of playing time, and should put any rumours of him leaving Tottenham to bed.