Thursday August 27 2015
Llorente thanks Sevilla fans

Fernando Llorente has thanked the Sevilla supporters for the welcome he has received after completing a move from Juventus.

Llorente’s return to La Liga sees the Spain striker sign a three-year contract with a €20m release clause after leaving he Serie A champions

The transfer was confirmed on Thursday after Llorente completed a medical following his release from the Old Lady, who agreed to let him go for free in order to save a reported €20m in wages.

Thursday July 2 2015
‘Benitez keen on Llorente’

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly eyeing up a transfer swoop for Juventus’ Fernando Llorente.

The 30-year-old has been linked with the likes of Milan and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but according to Spanish outlet La Sexta Los Blancos have now also entered the race.

With Mario Mandzukic having recently arrived at the Italian champions to partner Alvaro Morata, the Spanish international may not get regular game time should he remain at Juventus Stadium.

Tuesday November 26 2013
World Cup not on Llorente’s mind

Fernando Llorente has reflected that he is currently focused only on continuing his form with Juventus, rather than earning a place at the World Cup.

The Spaniard is in improved form of late for the Italians, after a difficult start to life in Serie A, and has prompted talk in the peninsula of hopes of making Vicente del Bosque’s squad next summer for Brazil 2014.

For the 28-year-old, concentration is only on the here and now.

Monday November 18 2013
Llorente: I’d have chosen my country

Fernando Llorente says he would not have made the same decision as Diego Costa, whilst acknowledging the increased competition he brings to Spain.

The Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid man has opted to play for La Roja ahead of his country of birth and was set to debut for the Seleccion this international break before a thigh injury.

For Llorente, who benefited from his withdrawal to return to the squad in his place, the difficulty of getting to the World Cup has now increased.

Friday November 15 2013
Costa’s loss Llorente’s gain

Diego Costa’s quick withdrawal from the Spanish squad opens a window of opportunity for forgotten man Fernando Llorente, writes Sean Duffy.

One could forgive Vicente del Bosque for being a tad frustrated. This international break has afforded the Spanish Coach the opportunity to take his side down to Africa, where on Saturday, they will face the might of Equatorial Guinea. After that, they head to Johannesburg for a friendly against South Africa on Tuesday. Then the players will disperse to their respective clubs, and will not reassemble again until March.

Thursday November 14 2013
Llorente: I had doubts, but…

Fernando Llorente has reflected on his adaptation to life in Italy and what he sees as the differences between Athletic Bilbao and Juventus in training.

The Spaniard endured an indifferent first few weeks to his career with the Bianconeri, amid rumours that he was not settling in and that Coach Antonio Conte did not rate him.

However, in responding with improved form of late, including goals in both Champions League games against Real Madrid, the 28-year-old is feeling rejuvenated.

Thursday November 14 2013
Llorente: No 9 fight will be long

Fernando Llorente says that the No 9 position for Spain is particularly competitive and that the fight for a World Cup place ‘will be long’.

The Juventus striker is back in the squad for only the second time in the last 15 months, as a late replacement for the injured Diego Costa.

With one eye on next summer, the 28-year-old is looking to make the most of his chance against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.

Wednesday November 13 2013
Llorente ‘didn’t expect call-up’

Fernando Llorente admits that his late call-up to the Spain squad for November’s internationals caught him by surprise.

The 28-year-old was listed as Vicente del Bosque’s replacement for Diego Costa, after the Atletico Madrid man withdrew from the fixtures with Equatorial Guinea and South Africa due to a thigh injury.

“I did not expect it, I was caught by surprise and whilst it is in place of Diego Costa, I’m very happy to be back,” enthused Llorente to reporters today.

Monday November 11 2013
Spain: Diego Costa out, Llorente in

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Diego Costa cannot join up with the Spain squad this week due to a thigh strain, whilst Fernando Llorente replaces him.

The Brazilian-born striker was Vicente del Bosque’s notable inclusion for this month’s friendlies with Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.

However, Atleti have released a statement on Monday confirming that the injury that forced the player off in the closing stages of Sunday evening’s game at Villarreal is severe enough to stop his participation with Spain.

Friday November 8 2013
Llorente: No-one’s asked me to go

Fernando Llorente has reiterated his desire to stay at Juventus, as he rejects rumours of interest from Arsenal.

Speculation regarding the Spaniard has been on and off since a rumoured difficult start to life in Italy, but talk this week of a January bid from Arsenal has drawn his denial.

It was suggested that Juve were open to his sale, but the former Athletic Bilbao man sees otherwise.

“I’ve not been asked to leave,” Llorente commented to Radiogaceta de los Deportes this week.

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