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Sunday 4 December 2016

Soldado's Spurs nightmare to end

Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado's underwhelming spell at Tottenham is coming to an end, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino confirming the misfiring striker has been given permission to discuss a return to Spain.

Having arrived two years ago among a clutch of post-Gareth Bale acquisitions, expectations were high as Spurs forked out what was a club-record £26million fee.

However, Soldado failed to reach the heights he scaled during his time with Valencia and is now set to leave north London to return to his homeland.

Pictures emerged yesterday morning of the striker at Gatwick Airport, where he reportedly told fans a move to Villarreal beckoned.

Erik Lamela's hastily-deleted tweet wishing Soldado "the best in your new club" fuelled talk further, with head coach Pochettino confirming an exit is on the cards. Pocchetino said: "It is true that the club gave permission (for Roberto) to go to Spain. All that happens after, the club announces if something happens or not."

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