Villarreal coach Marcelino comments on potential interest in Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado

Villarreal coach Marcelino has commented on speculation linking Roberto Soldado with a return to La Liga.

Villarreal coach Marcelino Elena has seemingly confirmed his interest in signing out-of-favour Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado, as reported by Marca.

The Spaniard is widely expected to leave Spurs this summer after two miserable White Hart Lane seasons, in which he has scored just 16 times in 76 matches, and only seven times in the Premier League.

Sevilla were believed to be leading the chase for the former Valencia and Real Madrid hitman, following reports by the Mirror, but Villarreal's Marcelino has recently hinted at potential interest from their La Liga rivals.

"He is a footballer who is very capable," he told Spanish news outlet Marca.

"The fact that he has lacked regular playing time and has not had the confidence of his team in the past two seasons may have affected his performances.

"But it's difficult for one who has always scored goals to forget how to do so. We want strikers that can increase the team level and can add more competitiveness to our group."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, notorious for his financial negotiation skills, wants around £12m for a player that cost him £26m in 2013, according to the Daily Mail; a fee that could ultimately deter any buyers. 

Nonetheless, if Soldado can recover the form that saw him make his initial move to White Hart Lane - he scored 59 goals in 101 appearances over his three seasons at Valencia - he would be some signing for his potential suitor. 

Villarreal need to strengthen their attacking options after selling Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid earlier this summer, and providing the price is right, Soldado is likely to prove an attainable target.

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