Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic believes Roberto Soldado will be a Los Che player come the start of the new season, amid speculation linking the striker with a move to Tottenham.
Soldado, 28, has been tipped to leave the Liga club this summer, with the Spain international having said last month that he would consider a move away from his native country.
Spurs were reportedly keen on the former Getafe player, but with Valencia unwilling to negotiate, the North London side refused to meet Soldado’s buy-out clause of €30 million.
“I think Roberto Soldado will stay here. He wants to be involved and has been asking what’s been going on,” Djukic, who spoke to the striker while he was on Confederations Cup duty, said. “Soldado is a very important player and I want him to be the leader of this team.”
The Valencia boss, who has been in the job barely a month, will be eager to keep hold of his captain and most prolific marksman.
Djukic, a former Los Che player, claimed he was “relaxed” about the subject, while revealing he was not anxious about making any new signings either.
“We have a squad full of quality,” he said. “We can grow with what we have.”