Soldado wants to repay Tottenham faith with Champions League qualification

The Spain international completed his €30 million move to White Hart Lane on Monday and is keen to fire Spurs into the top four and become the club's first choice striker
Roberto Soldado wants to repay Tottenham's faith in him by scoring the goals to help the club qualify for the Champions League.

Soldado passed a medical and completed his move to the north London club on Monday, after Spurs met his €30 million release clause at Valencia with a club record transfer fee.

The Spain international, who spent three years at the Mestalla and scored 81 goals in 141 matches, is now looking ahead to his debut Premier League season, in which he hopes to fire Spurs to a top four finish.

"I’m absolutely honoured to be at this club, to wear the shirt that has so much history," Soldado told Spurs TV. "I’m hoping that I can score lots of goals to repay the club’s kindness in signing me.

"Spurs is a great club and a club that deserves to be in the Champions League. I know it’s a hard league and we have to work and play to that level to get there and I will do my best for the team.

"My main aim is to get that number one striker shirt on the pitch and obviously, to score goals and try to get us into the Champions League, where we deserve to be.

"I’ve joined a great club with a lot of great players. As a group, including the new players, we’re looking to improve and our objective is to get Spurs to where we belong."

The 28-year-old could make his debut in Spurs' final pre-season game against Espanyol on Saturday and is eager to experience the atmosphere at White Hart Lane.

"I’m really looking forward to hopefully making my debut at White Hart Lane on Saturday," Soldado added.

"That’s one of the things at the heart of the Premier League, the fans of each team, that’s what keeps the team going. I can’t wait to experience that atmosphere.

"Espanyol is a team I know very well. It’s a team that ended the season very strongly in Spain, they have lots of good, young players and they are a dangerous team to play against."