Fernando Llorente “It Would Be Nice To Retire At Athletic Club”
There was a very real chance that Fernando Llorente was going to return to Athletic Club in January before Harry Kane suffered a serious ankle injury. The Basques wanted to bring the striker back to the San Mamés and all signs pointed to Tottenham not standing in his way of leaving. That all changed when it became necessary for Llorente to play a starting role.
Llorente played well for the most part with Kane out, but his future at Tottenham is still in question. His contract is set to expire at the end of the season and, although the English side have the option to extend it for another year, most believe that the striker will be free to leave in the summer. If that happens, Athletic plan to pursue him once again.
Tuesday was Llorente’s birthday with the Lezama product turning 34 years old. Athletic posted a video celebrating his birthday, as they have with every player since Aitor Elizegi became the President, and the striker responded by thanking the club. He also joined Radio Marca for an interview where he opened up about what happened in January.
“There was a lot of talk about my possible departure to Athletic in the winter transfer window”, he admitted. “But seeing the injuries at Tottenham I knew it would be complicated to return. They did not call me, but it would be nice to retire at Athletic.” The striker has now publicly stated on several occasions that he is interested in returning to the San Mamés. If he does not have a future with Tottenham past this season there is a chance that he could return to Athletic in the summer.