Roberto Soldado will be kickin’ it in Jolly Olde England in the near future…
Valencia Club de Fútbol officially announced on Thursday that the time has reached a deal to send the 28-year-old Spanish soccer player to England’s Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for 30 million euros ($40 million), or the full amount of his buyout clause.
The Spurs also issued a statement confirming that they’d signed Soldado, who still must undergo a physical, to a four-year deal.
Valencia said it wished Soldado “the best of luck in this new stage of his career” and praised “the player’s professionalism and outstanding performance in the matches in which he wore the Valencia jersey.”
Soldado played for three seasons with Valencia and also recently returned to Spain’s national team and scored a goal in this summer’s Confederations Cup competition in Brazil.
Valencia advanced to the knockout phase of last season’s UEFA Champions League, but failed to qualify for the 2013-2014 edition of that prestigious tournament after finishing fifth in La Liga last season.
The club, which won the Spanish league in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 but has struggled to compete with powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent seasons, promised its fans in the statement to “maintain and improve the squad’s potential” while acting “responsibly” within its economic circumstances.