Soldado will stay with Valencia, insists Djukic

The 28-year-old has been linked with moves to the likes of Atletico Madrid this summer, but his coach is confident he will not be tempted to quit the Mestalla
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado will remain the club beyond the summer, Miroslav Djukic has insisted.

Los Che's failure to secure a Champions League place last year has prompted speculation the Spain international will consider a move away from the Mestalla, with a number of clubs - including Atletico Madrid - understood to be keen on swooping for the 28-year-old.

However, Djukic is confident his talisman will opt to remain at the club beyond the end of the transfer window.

He told reporters on Tuesday: "I think Roberto is going to stay with us. I am very calm about that.

"Soldado is very important to us and I want him to lead this team."

The former Valladolid boss went on to state he was pleased with his current squad despite last season's agonising failure to land fourth spot, but has not ruled out some business this summer.

He added:  "We have a good squad in place, but there is still some room to grow."

Soldado, whose current deal at the Mestalla expires in 2017 has scored 82 times in 141 appearances for los Che since his €10 million move from Getafe in 2010.