Llorente crossed the city in 2019 to join Atleti and has not looked back since – he has been reinvented as a second striker from his original deep midfield role and, lauded for his incredible fitness levels, has grabbed five goals and provided three assists so far this campaign.
The 25-year-old made 39 appearances across three seasons in the first-team squad at Los Blancos as he failed to establish himself as a regular starter and was on the periphery at the club.
Llorente – who starred on a season-long loan spell at Alaves in 2016/17 – and initially struggled to become a regular in the first-team at Atleti, but he broke through after netting twice in March’s 3-2 win at Liverpool in the Champions League.
Llorente told the magazine Club del Deportista, as per Marca: “I was very clear that I had to leave Real Madrid. When Atleti’s offer arrived, I did not hesitate.
“Now things are going very, very well for me. I’m very happy about it. When a player has minutes, he develops, he becomes a better player, and that’s what is happening to me now.”
Llorente’s father Francisco and great uncle Francisco Gento were wingers, while his maternal grandfather Ramón Grosso was a forward.