Pochettino says Soldado wanted to leave Tottenham all summer

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been speaking about his now-departed Spanish forward.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking – in comments published by the Enfield Independent – about Roberto Soldado’s summer switch to Villarreal.

The striker failed to replicate anything close to his best form during his two years at White Hart Lane, scoring just 16 goals and providing 11 assists in 76 matches.

That is simply not good enough considering the money Spurs initially spent on a player who netted 82 times for his former club Valencia, but Soldado will remain a firm fan favourite for many despite his failure to justify his price-tag.

In an interview published by the Enfield Independent following Soldado’s exit, Pochettino said, “It was a club decision. A club wanted the player and the player wanted to leave. This was his decision from the first day of pre-season.

“We knew he wanted to leave and we found the best solution for the club and for him.”

Soldado will now be hoping to rediscover his best form having returned to La Liga, while Tottenham continue their search for additional goal-scorers having recently added youngster Clinton N’Jie to their ranks.

Tottenham’s first two Premier League matches proved they need more reinforcements before the transfer window closes as an over-reliance on Harry Kane will only get them so far, so watch this space…

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