Tottenham fans react on Twitter to top-class Roberto Soldado's graceful departure

The Spaniard has impressed the Tottenham Hotspur faithful with the manner of his White Hart Lane exit.

Roberto Soldado's Tottenham career will no doubt be the butt of a few jokes as the Premier League comes to terms with the loss of one its less-prolific strikers. Just as the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul were.

But, among the White Hart Lane faithful, Soldado leaves with the respect of supporters and the well-wishes of plenty.

Indeed, the Spaniard was heavily praised and cheered on throughout his Tottenham career despite a lack of goals and a run of form opposition fans could only mock.

That's because the 30-year-old always gave his all - and the manner of his Spurs departure has backed up any Soldado praise, as well as prompting further compliments from Tottenham supporters. The striker sent a thank you message to fans on Twitter once his move back to La Liga with Villarreal was confirmed, while he also apologised for not fulfilling his potential in the same post.

As such, the reaction to Soldado's exit on social media was not one of criticism or trolling (generally), it was instead one full of gratitude...

And some of the comments left on the HITC Sport pages also echoed a respect for the 30-year-old Spaniard...

Ronny wrote: 'Thanks Roberto, very classy. I think we are all sorry it ended this way, All the best in the future'

Keith andrew wrote: 'What a real gent from the moment he arrived, on and off the field despite his difficulties. I wish all the best and hope he finds the back of the net on loads of occasions, except if we meet him in the Europa! Perhaps he will come back as an ambassador he would be very welcome.'

Flipper wrote: 'There's a reason the fans cheered him even long after it was clear he wasn't going to work out at the club. Always worked hard and the epitome of professionalism. Really classy guy.'

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