Monday November 10 2014
Llorente on Spain, Morata & Juve

Fernando Llorente has reflected on his continued absence from the Spain squad, Alvaro Morata’s impact at Juventus and the Champions League.

Llorente has been overlooked by Vicente del Bosque for the last few international squads, missing out on a place in the group to play Belarus and Germany even as Diego Costa was left behind to have a break.

“I would love to be with the national team but ultimately it’s the Coach that makes the decisions,” he told Al Primer Toque, Marca report.

Thursday October 2 2014
Llorente 'needed' Juve goal

Fernando Llorente admitted he needed a goal to give him confidence following Juventus’ 1-0 Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

“It’s true. I’m missing the goal that will restore my confidence, but the important thing is that the team wins because I’m sure it will arrive,” the former Athletic Bilbao striker told Canal Plus.

Sunday September 7 2014
Llorente calm over Spain snub

Fernando Llorente is taking a philosophical stance after missing out to Munir El Haddadi on a call-up to the Spain squad to replace Diego Costa.

Costa withdrew from the party to play Macedonia tomorrow through injury and rather than turn to an experienced head, Vicente Del Bosque added teenage Barcelona forward Munir to the group.

Llorente, speaking while watching Spain’s basketball team in the World Championships, admitted he wanted the call but suggested the Coach’s decisions had to be respected.

Friday April 11 2014
Llorente: World Cup place complicated

Juventus and Spain striker Fernando Llorente has said it’s getting harder to win a place in Vicente del Bosque’s World Cup squad.

The former Athletic Bilbao front man has said in an interview with Minuto 116, republished in part by Marca, that he feels the final part of the season will prove decisive.

“Now more than ever, playing with the national team is really complicated, but none of the contenders will lose hope of going,” Llorente said.

Friday April 4 2014
World Cup Squad Selector: Llorente

Fernando Llorente offers Spain something different in attack and Jeremy Lim feels La Roja might call on the Juventus man.

A Juventus move last summer appears to have brought Fernando Llorente’s career back from the brink, but has the former Athletic Bilbao man done enough to prove worthy of being included in Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad?

Wednesday March 5 2014
Llorente not giving up on World Cup

Fernando Llorente has not given up on winning a place in the Spain squad for the World Cup despite being left out of the group to play Italy.

Vicente Del Bosque has only named two orthodox strikers in the squad, Alvaro Negredo and Diego Costa, with Llorente left on the sidelines.

“I have to accept the decision of Del Bosque,” Llorente is quoted by AS as saying.

“I will try to change his mind. To not go to the World Cup would be a blow.

Wednesday February 26 2014
Llorente hoping for Italy call

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente is hopeful of turning out for Spain in the friendly against Italy next week.

Llorente told Radio Marca that with so many of his Juve teammates likely to line up for Italy, he would relish the chance to play against them.

“I would be thrilled [to play against Italy] because half the Juventus team plays for them,” he said.

“It would be nice to face my teammates.”

Tuesday August 6 2013
Sola: I’m not Llorente’s replacement

Kike Sola says he is not Fernando Llorente’s replacement at Athletic Bilbao, nor is he Aritz Aduriz’s direct rival for the main striker role.

Spanish international Llorente switched to Juventus in a high-profile move this summer, while Sola was snapped up from Osasuna for a reported €4m, and the Navarre-born player revealed he is delighted to return to the club he played for as a youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

Monday November 5 2012
‘Llorente situation unsettling Bilbao’

Former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Fran Yeste believes the situation surrounding Fernando Llorente’s contract renewal is unsettling the club.

Spanish international Llorente has turned down the offer of a new deal at San Mames, resulting in him being used almost exclusively from the bench this term, and it is this that Yeste believes has contributed to the Basques’ poor start to La Liga.

Thursday October 11 2012
Urrutia: Bilbao must regain discretion

Athletic Bilbao President Josu Urrutia has spoken out on the dressing room leaks and other issues plaguing the club.

Two recordings of talks Coach Marcelo Bielsa has given to his players were released earlier this week.

“I think we should try and regain some discretion,” Urrutia said at a Press conference. “I have not heard Bielsa's talk, because what happens in the dressing room is private, and nothing to do with me.”

Urrutia was unhappy with the suggestion that anyone at San Mames stands to benefit from the leaks.

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