Ismael Urzaiz Hopes To See Fernando Llorente Return To Athletic Club

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Fernando Llorente and Ismael Urzaiz together at Athletic (Marca)

Ismael Urzaiz is one of the best strikers to ever represent Athletic. After joining the club in 1997 he would go on to feature in 419 games, scoring 129 goals. He left the San Mamés in 2007 as a young Fernando Llorente began to rise to greatness. Speaking with El Futbolin de Radio Popular the 47-year-old shared his desire to see Llorente return to Athletic.

“Fernando is a player capable of playing for Athletic. It seems that he has shown interest in returning, so why not? We shouldn’t show disdain for a good player who wants to come to the club. If he wants it and the club does too, it would be a good thing. He has the quality so if he wants to return it should happen.”

Urzaiz went on to discuss the fact that Athletic have struggled to score goals recently. Aritz Aduriz and Raúl García have been the focal points of the attack over the last few years, but their ages make it necessary for others to step up. The Athletic legend believes that there are young players capable of providing goals and he hopes to see them live up to their potential.

“It’s been hard for us to score goals. Aritz [Aduriz] has had physical problems and his age is a factor. Raúl [García] is also older too. Scoring goals is very important and there is a lot of quality at Lezama. I hope these players, who have a lot of pride in playing for the club, give us the best. There are young players, some on the bench, and even some in the stands who can help and score goals, which is needed.”

Due to their strained relationship, it was clear that Llorente would never have the chance to return as long as Josu Urrutia was President of Athletic. Now, with elections set to take place in December, that could all change ahead of the January transfer window. Llorente has not been shy about his desire to return to La Liga and could be set to leave Tottenham where he hasn’t enjoyed regular minutes. If the next President expresses interest in signing the striker he could realistically make a return to the San Mamés.

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