Llorente enjoying life at Juventus
Juventus striker Fernando Llorente says he is now settled in Turin after overcoming some initial difficulties.
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Llorente, 29, joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, although he was on the pitch for just a minute of the first three games of the season.
The Spain international was being linked with a move away from the club in the winter until an injury to Mirko Vucinic presented him with a chance to impress.
Llorente has not looked back since and is now Antonio Conte’s first-choice forward, alongside Carlos Tevez, having scored a total of 11 goals in 23 Serie A appearances.
"It took me a while to adapt," Llorente told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "Now we are in good form and we've got a good chance of winning the league. We're perfect at home -- we've won every game we've played there. It's a pity about [being eliminated from] the Champions League. We didn't start well and it just got worse."
Having hit form with six goals in his last nine games, including the opener in the 2-0 win against AC Milan on Sunday, he might have expected a call-up to the Spain squad to face Italy on Wednesday.
That did not arrive, though, with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa getting the nod instead. Llorente, however, has not given up hope of forcing his way in ahead of the World Cup.
"I've got to accept [Spain coach Vicente] Del Bosque's decision," Llorente said. "I'll try to make him change his mind because not going to the World Cup would be a bitter blow. I would have loved to be in the squad to face Italy, but Diego Costa's having an extraordinary season and he's a spectacular player.
"There are still plenty of days before the next squad announcement and I think there will be three forwards in the final squad, so I'll just do all I can to be one of them."