Saturday August 18 2012
Bielsa freezes out Llorente

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has frozen out Juventus target Fernando Llorente after a protest from fans.

The striker and teammate Javi Martinez – who is on the verge of a move to Bayern Munich – stated this week they will not renew their contracts.

Fans hurled abuse at the two players during training yesterday and they have both been dropped for the opening Liga game against Betis.

“Nobody ever said that I’d leave if Llorente and Martinez went,” said Bielsa in a Press conference.

“I am satisfied with the team with or without Llorente. It is a difficult situation, because all the positions are understandable.

“Llorente is exercising his rights, while the club and the fans are understandable too, aside from the method of the protest which I do not share.”

Today Llorente’s agent confirmed Juventus were “an option” for the striker, who is also of interest to Arsenal and Tottenham.