Swansea City Llorente

Former Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente plans to call time on Spurs career, favouring a return to Athletic Club

Former Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is likely to leave Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season.

Llorente left the Swans for North London on deadline day in the summer window of 2017 for a reported fee of £12.1 million.

However, it hasn’t worked out for the Spaniard at Tottenham Hotspur and he has been left frustrated by limited first-team opportunities.

Llorente was one of the star men for Swansea City, helping them to dodge relegation from the Premier League in 2017.

However, with Spurs, he has played second fiddle to star striker Harry Kane on a consistent basis, making just 17 league appearances since September 2017.

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And to compound matters, the Spaniard has only managed one league goal between those outings, making little case for Mauricio Pochettino to chance his mind.

It’s been an uphill struggle for Llorente since he left the Liberty Stadium, but it’s something he might have expected joining a club with Harry Kane leading the line.

Now it’s a case of looking at new options for Llorente, who is keen to return to where it all started. He told The Sun: “For most of my career I’ve been able to play consistent first-team football, and enjoyed the trust of my managers.

“Now I have to take this new reality on board. I would gladly rejoin Bilbao next summer. I will see what offers I have at the end of the season.

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“I could continue in the Premier League, go back to Spain or return to Italy – where I was very happy.”

Llorente was born and bred in the Basque Country and he went on to represent Basque giants Athletic Club as a player.

He made 262 appearances for the Bilbao club over an eight-year spell, scoring 85 times, before leaving for Juventus in 2013.

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