“There was a lot of talk about my possible departure to Athletic but seeing the injuries that Tottenham had, I knew it would be complicated. It would be nice to retire at Athletic.”
Those are the words of Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente, who has revealed that he would like to return to Athletic Bilbao before he retires. The 34 year old spent a big chunk of his professional career with the club, joining their youth team in 1996 before eventually leaving in 2013 in favour of a switch to Italian champions Juventus. Since then he’s also played for Sevilla and Swansea City, before enjoying a slight resurgence with Spurs.
The majority of players who come through the system at Bilbao often speak of their desire to return one day, and whilst he’s playing good football right now, it certainly feels like the next transfer of Llorente’s career could well be his last.
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