Pochettino rejects Soldado exit talk

The Spain international has struggled during his time at White Hart Lane and has been linked with Villarreal, but his manager insists he remains part of the club's plans
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted Roberto Soldado has a future at Tottenham and rejected speculation he will leave White Hart Lane.

The Spanish striker moved to north London from Valencia ahead of the 2013-14 season, but has struggled to make an impression - contributing just seven league goals.

He has been strongly linked with a move away, with Villarreal reportedly leading the chase for the 30-year-old as they look to strengthen ahead of a return to the Europa League.

However, Pochettino intends to use Soldado as part of his squad for the forthcoming campaign despite Harry Kane playing as a lone striker for much of last season.

"He [Soldado] is our player and in our plans," Pochettino said ahead of the Audi Cup friendly tournament in Munich.

"I can't confirm that [he will be leaving]."