Bayer Leverkusen CEO confirms no interest in signing Tottenham struggler Roberto Soldado

Michael Schade has made it clear that the future of Bayer Leverkusen's striking department lies with Josip Drmic.

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado has found himself in the news this week, being linked with a move to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

It was reported two days ago by The Telegraph that Leverkusen were lining him up as a potential replacement for Josip Drmic - who has failed to meet expectations since his summer arrival from FC Nurnberg.

Now, the CEO of Bayer Michael Schade has come out to share his surprise at these rumours. Speaking to Kolner Express, as quoted by, he seemed perplexed when asked if his club were interested in the Spurs player:

"This is news to me."

It confirms reports from yesterday that Tottenham would not find a buyer in Leverkusen. The London Evening Standard reported that Sky Deutschland reporter Laura Lutz had informed the press that Schade ruled out any notion of selling Drmic, or indeed buying Soldado.

These quotes seem to confirm that. Schade also went on to discuss Drmic with Kolner Express. Suggesting that links to Hamburg were unsubstantiated and that Drmic needed time to settle at the club, just like former Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov once did.

So it would seem there is no German buyer for Soldado. The Spanish international signed for Spurs from Valencia for a fee Sky Sports reported as 'around £26 million' in the summer of 2013. Since then he has scored just 15 goals in 55 appearances for Tottenham, mostly from the penalty spot.

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