- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Roberto Soldado is set to end his disappointing two-year spell at Tottenham by returning to Spain to join Villarreal.

Both clubs announced Friday that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the 30-year-old striker. Villarreal said Soldado will sign a three-year deal and will be presented on Monday.

Soldado joined Tottenham from Valencia- Villarreal’s regional rival- in 2013 for a club-record fee of 30 million euros (then $40 million), but struggled to reproduce the form that brought him international recognition with Spain.

He scored just seven Premier League goals across two seasons and 16 goals in 76 appearances in all competitions, dropping behind Harry Kane in the pecking order of strikers by the middle of last season.

Soldado posted a message on Twitter, retweeted by Tottenham’s official page, saying: “These two years have been difficult for me, but I wouldn’t change this experience for nothing in the world. I am sorry for not being able to meet the expectations that Tottenham had put on me.”

Villarreal was delighted with its new signing.

“The striker has always proved to have a natural ‘killer instinct’ for scoring,” the Spanish club said in a statement.

“Strong and skilful, he’s an excellent header. Roberto Soldado is called to be the attacking reference of Marcelino’s team. A deluxe reinforcement for the Yellow Submarine.”

Villarreal said Soldado will travel on Saturday to join the team in the northern Spanish city of Gijon, where Villarreal will play a friendly against promoted Sporting Gijon.

Soldado, who has also played for Real Madrid, Osasuna and Getafe, has scored seven goals in 12 matches for Spain.

He will help fill a void left by Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos, who left Villarreal for Major League Soccer this summer.

Villarreal opens the Spanish league season at Real Betis on Aug. 23.

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