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Juventus Insist Fernando Llorente Won’t Be Joining Barcelona

Reports suggest that Llorente is struggling to adapt to Italian lifestyle and is now looking to move back to Spain, just two months after joining Juventus on a free transfer.

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Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that Fernando Llorente will not be joining Barcelona on loan, Goal.com reports.

The Spanish striker has been linked with a move back to Spain after it was suggested that he was struggling to adapt to the Italian lifestyle.

Barcelona are believed to be interested in bringing the former Athletic Bilbao front-man back to Spain as he would provide some height to the club’s front-line.

However, Marotta has rejected the speculation that Llorente could finish his spell with Juventus after only two months in Turin.

He told Tuttosport: “We believe in Llorente and we have no intention of selling him.”

The striker has so far not started a competitive game for Juventus and was reduced to a cameo appearance in the club’s league match with Sampadoria on Sunday.

Llorente spent large parts of last season on the Athletic Bilbao bench after he revealed to the club that he wouldn’t be signing a contract extension.

Manchester City are also reportedly interested in signing Llorente if he were to become available before the transfer window closes.

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