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Soldado considers overseas move

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado has said he could consider a move from his native country, describing the Premier League and the Bundesliga as “very attractive leagues for any player”.

Spain international Soldado, who has been at Valencia since 2009, said he had been inspired to consider playing elsewhere by the examples of colleagues such as Chelsea’s Juan Mata and David Silva of Manchester City.

He told the Movistar website: “I'm not closing the doors to anyone - I know that some of my Spain team-mates have left Spain and done very well.

“The Premier League and the Bundesliga are very attractive leagues for any player because of the atmosphere and reputation of these countries."

Valencia have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League and have made three managerial changes in a year, with the latest of them, Miroslav Djukic, replacing Ernesto Valverde.

Soldado said: “It's a shame - he [Valverde] resuscitated the team.

“We were lifeless when he arrived - we were not delivering on the pitch. When he came, he delivered a radical change. He had a very positive impact, despite the fact we couldn't achieve our objectives [of qualifying for the Champions League]."

Soldado has been linked with a move within Spain as Atletico Madrid target a striker to replace Radamel Falcao.

He said: “It's an honour that they are interested in me, but I'm at Valencia – I have a contract there and, for now, I want to complete it."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report


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