Fernando Llorente has claimed Actual Madrid made a number of unsuccessful makes an attempt to signal him earlier in his profession, however would fortunately be a part of Los Blancos even now as a back-up to Karim Benzema.
Llorente made his title with Athletic Membership, progressing by way of the Basque membership’s youth ranks, changing into one in every of La Liga’s most constant strikers by the late 2000s.
He ultimately left for Juventus on a free switch in 2013, earlier than later happening to have spells of various success with Sevilla, Swansea, Tottenham, Napoli, Udinese and Eibar. As of now, a 37-year-old Llorente is a free agent following his departure from second tier Eibar on the finish of final season.
Internationally, he received the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain.
“I by no means actually was [close to joining Real Madrid],” he admitted in quotes printed by Marca.
“Each time Actual Madrid needed me I used to be beneath contract at Athletic, and nicely…Athletic by no means needed to let me go and Madrid by no means needed to pay my launch clause on the time. When the chance was there…Juventus have been faster.”
Llorente continued, “I’d have preferred to put on the white shirt. Proper now Actual Madrid are the most effective workforce on the earth and it is unbelievable what they’re doing within the Champions League. In fact [I would join them tomorrow]. In fact.”
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Though Llorente, scorer of solely six prime flight targets for the reason that begin of the 2017/18 season, will not be a very good choice, Actual really do lack depth within the quantity 9 position.
With Benzema not too long ago lacking video games by way of harm, Carlo Ancelotti has opted to make use of Eden Hazard and Rodrygo in a central place within the final two video games, with Mariano Diaz completely out of favour.
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