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Soldado: "How was I going to play with the galácticos in that shape?"

The Granada striker, 34, spoke to Sid Lowe in The Guardian and talked about his regrets at Madrid and how poorly he feels he played at Spurs.

Soldado: "How was I going to play with the galácticos in that shape?"
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Roberto Soldado has spoken about his regrets earlier in his career at Real Madrid as a teenager, who didn't know better, and at Spurs where he had to contend with rising superstar, Harry Kane, who he says his son is obsessed with

In The Guardian, Soldado says: "I was a kid. There were players like Figo, Zidane, Raúl, who were super professional. But I was watching others … I followed what I shouldn’t have followed."

Soldado played 27 times for Real Madrid but only scored four times and says, now at 34, he has an idea why. "I wasn’t looking after myself, I’d eat loads. I look at photos and think: how was I going to play with the galácticos in that shape?" he says.

Madrid contacted his parents and his father left his job for two years to move to the capital and settle his son down. "Then I moved in with a friend who’s now here in Granada. I was more conscientious. And that’s when I met my wife, which settled everything," he tells Sid Lowe.

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Soldado moved to Spurs when he was 27 and says he doesn't regret it despite never really playing as well as he might have liked.

"I don’t regret going to Tottenham at all, and I was convinced it would go well – I thought, with my style, my form, I was going to fit well – but when I went," he says. "Well, it was completely the opposite. If there’s one thing I won’t be totally at peace with the day I retire it’s how I played in England.”