Soldado on La Liga return: Delighted to be back in the best league

Roberto Soldado is excited to be back in La Liga and is keen to help his new side Granada's fight to stay in the top flight.

Roberto Soldado turning out for his new club side Granada.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Veteran Spanish striker Roberto Soldado made his return to La Liga with Granada FC in the summer after a two-year spell at Fenerbahce in Turkey.

On his return to the league, Soldado said, "I'm delighted to be back in the best league, especially after two years in an inferior league to this one, and I'm really excited, with my batteries charged and I can't wait to start playing in the first match."

Soldado had a successful stint with Valencia FC between 2010 and 2013 where he scored 81 goals across competitions. He will be hoping to hit that form at the newly-promoted Granada in its bid to stay in the top flight.

On the team's goal this season, the 34-year-old said, "They're really excited. Excited about doing things right, competing with the best and we know it's going to be a tough year, but we're convinced that by working hard and as a team we can achieve something wonderful."

He added, "I think the target is the same one set by all teams: to go out week after week to compete and to win your next match."

The Spain international is impressed with values instilled by manager Diego Martinez at Granada. "What I'm seeing is that he has a really good bond with his squad and that's essential for getting across the values and ideas that he has in order to make them work on the pitch. I think that's essential for the team," he said.

Soldado made his professional debut at his childhood club Real Madrid as far as 2005 and he has fond memories of that night at the Bernabeu against Valenica. "A lot has happened since then, but it's true that it was a game I think we lost 2-1. The team was losing and it was my debut. Coincidentally it was against Valencia, which is where I'm from. But yes, I remember some impressive moments, because if you're a Real Madrid academy player, playing at the Bernabeu is the ultimate. More so in a game against Valencia. It was a dream come true."