Soldado fears Valencia sale amid financial crisis

The striker wants to stay at the Mestalla for the forseeable future, but is concerned the club may dispense of his services in a bid to ease their financial woes
Roberto Soldado says he is desperate to play for Valencia for as long as possible but fears being sold as the indebted club look to balance their books.

The striker has been the subject of intense transfer speculation for much of the past two seasons as a result of his prolifc goalscoring record at the Mestalla.

But, after again reiterating his commitment to the Valencia cause, the 27-year-old also revealed his concerns over los Che's money worries, which could see him flogged to the highest bidder.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference he said: "My future? I renewed (my contract) last year and my intention is to spend as much time as possible in Valencia, although it is unclear whether the club need money and are looking to sell."

An impending presidential election on June 4 has also brought the future of coach Ernesto Valverde into doubt, with the 49-year-old - who replaced Mauricio Pellegrino on a contract until the end of the season back in December - not due to start talks over a new deal until the club's new chief is in place.

"We are very happy with the coach," Soldado continued. "The results have been there and hopefully the sporting project is submitted as soon as possible as to give us all peace of mind."

Defender Joao Pereira admitted he is also none the wiser over the future of the Valencia boss, but insisted everyone at the club is clear over their most pressing objective at hand.

"What I know is that the coach is preparing to win the four games we have left. We are calm, our life is to play football and that's what we have to do," he added.

"The team and the coach will fight to the death."

Valencia occupy fifth spot in La Liga with just four games remaining and trail fourth-placed Real Sociedad by two points.