Roberto Soldado is keen to start afresh at Villareal, after admitting he lost his confidence at Tottenham.
The Spanish striker scored only one goal last season in the Premier League, compared to the 24 he struck in La Liga competition in 2013/14, which led to his £25 million transfer to Spurs.
He is quoted by The Guardian: “I’ve spent two very difficult years in England where I lost my confidence. Villarreal’s interest has given me the enthusiasm and will to do great things.
“When their offer arrived I didn’t hesitate as it is a great opportunity to return to Spain and join a big club. I want to return to play at a good level and score lots of goals. I want to go back to being the player I used to be.”
Soldado was unveiled by new club Villareal yesterday, with more than 2,000 fans in attendance to see him be presented at the Estadio El Madrigal.
When Soldado joined Spurs he was part of the Spanish international side, and the transfer appears to have been a disastrous one for all parties, with the manager who signed him, Andre Villas-Boas fired just a few months later.
Soldado lost his place last season to Harry Kane, and did little to inspire the confidence of supporters or head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Clearly this rubbed off on him, but he was given plenty of chances to be a success in North London, but now he has an opportunity to prove it was the exception in what until then had been an impressive career.