Tottenham star happy to quit the club next season

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur star Fernando Llorente joined Spurs from Swansea at the beginning of last season, but only managed a single Premier League goal in the 2017/18 campaign.

This season, it hasn’t been much better for the Spaniard as he has only appeared once from the bench in the opening fixtures.

Llorente has been used to starting most games through his career, but is understandably playing Harry Kane’s back up at Tottenham.

The World Cup winner previously enjoyed stints with Swansea, Athletic Bilbao, Juventus, and Sevilla.

Llorente was part of both the World Cup winning Spain side of 2010, and the Euro winning team two years later.

The Spaniard is now 33-years-old and understands why he is being left out of the side by manager Mauricio Pochettino, but that doesn’t mean he’s enjoying it.

The Sun report Llorente said: “It is never easy to cope with. It is a daily struggle with myself, as I find it hard to accept the situation I am in.

“It is frustrating to be left on the bench or not be called up.

“But I plan to continue working hard in training every day for when I get my chance. Giving up is not an option for me.

“I try to put myself in the manager’s shoes. He has a difficult task, as we have a big squad and we all want to play.

“It can’t be easy to leave out players who have trained well. I’m also aware that I am at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“There is a lot of competition in attack. Harry Kane is a phenomenal player, and that makes it difficult for me to play regularly.

“I’m going through a delicate spell. I am not being important for my club, and that is something I can’t get used to.

“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.”

Llorente’s Tottenham contract is up at the end of this season, and the striker admits that he is open to a move away, including a return to Spain or Italy, as well as a Premier League stay.

He said: “I would gladly rejoin Bilbao next summer. I will see what offers I have at the end of the season.

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

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