No Llorente problem says Bielsa

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has denied he has a problem with star striker Fernando Llorente.

Speaking before Thursday’s Europa League qualifier with Croatian side Slaven Belupo at San Mames, the Argentine described as ´inaccurate` recent rumours that he had fallen out with the Spanish international over the signing of his new contract.

“This is a matter that concerns only two parts, the footballer and the institution.

“There have been some inaccurate things said which were possibly a misunderstanding,” Bielsa told a Press conference, his first since July 5 when he criticised work being done at the club’s Lezama training facility.

Llorente is still stalling on a new contract with reported interest from a host of clubs, including Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, but Bielsa was keen to play down the issue.

“I thought it was prudent to remain silent and that’s all I want to say as I prefer not to talk about it.

“We are starting our Europa League campaign and it is fitting I only express myself through what my football team produces. That is the most important part of my job.”

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