Madrid - Spanish striker Roberto Soldado has joined Villarreal from Tottenham
Hotspur on a three-year deal, both clubs confirmed on Friday.
CF and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of
Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who will wear the yellow shirt for the
next three seasons," Villarreal said in a statement on their website.
joined Spurs two years ago from Valencia for a then club record £26
million as Spurs invested heavily to compensate for the
sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
However, the 30-year-old
failed to recreate his prolific La Liga form in England as he scored
just seven times in 52 Premier League appearances.
years have been difficult for me, but I wouldn't change this experience
for nothing in the world. I am sorry for not being able to meet the
expectations that Tottenham had put on me," Soldado wrote on his Twitter
"Now for a new adventure. I am full of excitement and I am going to work hard to give the fans plenty to cheer about."
has a far better record in his homeland where he has scored 131 goals
in spells at Real Madrid, Osasuna, Getafe and Valencia as well as
scoring seven times in 12 caps for Spain.
He becomes Villarreal's
third high-profile signing of the summer after the double capture of
Samuel Castillejo and Samuel Garcia from Malaga.