Champions League hero looks set to leave after Spurs ‘miss’ contract deadline

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Dom Le Roy

Fernando Llorente looks set to depart Tottenham Hotspur after the Champions League final after the club missed the deadline to extend his contract by a further twelve months which ran until last Saturday (Daily Mail).

The Spaniard moved to North London from Swansea City on the summer deadline day in 2017 on a two-year deal.

He has seen his first team opportunities limited at the club with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son ahead of him in the pecking order but has proven to be valuable in recent matches.

Llorente’s biggest impact has come in the Champions League. Firstly he scored one of the three goals against Dortmund in the first leg of the round of sixteen tie at Wembley and followed it up by netting the vital away goal at Manchester City in the following round.

 

His biggest contribution came when he came off the bench to play in the second half against Ajax while Spurs were 3-0 down against the Dutch side. Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to bring on Llorente proved to be pivotal by adopting a more direct approach with the 34-year-old acting as a target man to bring the likes of Lucas Moura into the game and it paid dividends.

Llorente now has the opportunity to potentially round off his career at Spurs as a Champions League winner if they can beat Liverpool in Madrid on June 1st.

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