Juventus Play Down Speculation Of Possible Fernando Llorente Departure

Juve not giving up on striker after just two months.

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Juventus insist they are not thinking about selling Arsenal and Tottenham target Fernando Llorente this January, according to Sky Italia.

The Spanish international only joined the Italian giants this summer after agreeing a free transfer to Turin from former club Athletic Bilbao earlier last year, and although he is a highly rated talent, he is yet to make much of an impression in Serie A, after enduring a difficult final season in La Liga as well.

Struggling in his first few games to break past Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in Antonio Conte’s starting lineup, it has been rumoured that the 28-year-old could already be thinking about a move, with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea showing an interest from the Premier League.

However, Juve director general Beppe Marotta has moved to deny these rumours, insisting that the club have not given up on Llorente so quickly, and pointing out that he has a contract with the Serie A champions for the next four years.

“There is no Llorente problem. Don’t forget that he didn’t play that regularly last season,” he said.

“When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we’re evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.

“We believe in him and it is too early to judge.”

Llorente has attracted interest from English teams before, particularly when he shone for Bilbao in the Europa League in 2012, scoring a famous volley against Manchester United in a 2-1 victory.

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