Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente’s contract with the club is running out at the end of the current season and the jury is still out on whether the club will offer the 34-year-old a new contract.
Chances for the Spaniard have been few and far between during his spell at Spurs but due Harry Kane’s injury and Heung-min Son’s one-match suspension, he is now tasked with the likely responsibility of leading the line against Ajax in what will be one of the most important games in the club’s recent history.
When asked if his time at Spurs was destined to end with a Champions League final, the former Juventus striker told The Mirror: “Maybe”, with a smile.
Llorente admitted that it has been difficult waiting on the sidelines without being involved in games but insisted that he always believed he will get a chance to show his qualities.
He added: “It was very difficult at the beginning to get the opportunity to play a game like this. But sometimes if you have faith and keep fighting, you have these opportunities. I was ready to do well with this opportunity.
“It was not easy but I am strong. I am not a new or young player, I have experience and I always keep fighting.
“For me it’s unbelievable. It’s an amazing opportunity to give my best to help the team, to demonstrate I can help the team – I will try to do my best.”
The World Cup winner also said that the goal against Manchester City in the second leg of the quarter-final was the most important of his illustrious career so far.
He added, “It was with my hip, it was my first one [like that]. But for sure it was the most important goal of my career because we passed to the semi-final of the Champions League and that is a very important thing.”
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While many Spurs fans haven’t been big fans of Llorente over the last two years, the striker has shown that he is capable of delivering in important moments.
In the absence of Kane, his experience at the top level will certainly prove invaluable in the Champions League. Spurs fans will be hoping he continues his rich vein of form in the competition as we look to book our place in the final.
If Llorente is to feature against the Dutch giants, it is important we play to his aerial strengths, trying to play the ball into him failed at the weekend against West Ham.
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