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Llorente tempted by Premier League

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has said he would be interested in a transfer to the Premier League.
Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente look set to leave Athletic Bilbao
Llorente's future is the subject of conjecture with his current contract at Athletic due to expire next summer, while he has fallen out of favour with manager Marcelo Bielsa, having made one La Liga start for the club this season.
The Spain international has subsequently been linked with a number of sides, including Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal, and admits a move to England would be tempting.
"I really like the Premier League and I've mentioned on more than one occasion that it's a league which appeals to me a lot," Llorente told Sky Sports.
"You never know. It's one good option in terms of my future but we'll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens. It is true that we are approaching the date when I can sign for other clubs.
"I'm trying to keep it so that it is something which is managed by my brother and my representatives. That leaves me to focus on my football and help my team, Athletic, and nothing else, maintain focus."
Reports had claimed Llorente had already agreed a deal to sign for Serie A leaders Juventus, but he insists that is not the case.
"No. That's totally untrue," Llorente said. "I think it's normal that people talk about these things, but ultimately you have to respect the rules. I am an Athletic player and, until January 1, I cannot sign with any other team."
Llorente feels he has been pushed out of the club by pressure from the media and the Athletic supporters, after he turned down a new contract at San Mames.
"I made the decision at the start of the season," he  said. "We were playing a Europa League qualification game at San Mames and I noticed a significant deterioration in the relationship between the fans and me due to my protracted contract negotiations.
"Everything the press had written about me in the newspapers was pejorative and they succeeded in turning the fans against me.
"It was when I became fully aware of how that situation had affected the supporters that I made the decision. Ultimately you have to bear the situation for a long time and you get tired of living like that."

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