Tuesday December 4 2012
Juve target Llorente confirms exit

Fernando Llorente has moved closer to Juventus after confirming he won’t sign a new contract, as his current deal with Athletic Bilbao expires in June.

The Spanish media are confident the striker has chosen the Bianconeri despite competition from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter.

“Let’s be clear that it is not an economic decision. Athletic’s offer was irresistible,” declared Llorente in a Press conference today.

“Is the decision firm? Yes, I took that decision when I played my first match at San Mames in the Europa League [against Slaven Koprivnica on August 2] and I saw this whole situation that had derived.

“That made me sad and I decided not to renew. I also want to try other things. I have been European and world champion, I have played for years at a high level.”

Llorente will be available on a free transfer in June, but it’s possible he could be sold during the January transfer window for a cut-price fee.

The World Cup and European Championship winner blamed the media for making his situation in Bilbao untenable.

“The Press has not really helped my renewal, they are one of the reasons for the bad feelings on the pitch and that is what has prompted me to not renew. That, along with many other things.”

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