The Spanish national team and Athletic Bilbao striker, Fernando Llorente is looking forward to play for the Italian champion, Juventus, after having some difficult time in Spain.

For Llorente said:

How does it feel to look at Bilbao and see 16 years of your life?
It’s a long time. To start with, I only came to play in the second halves. I trained on my own in my hometown during the week. That was for half a year, in the ‘Alevin’ A team [11-12 year olds]. Then I was in a house with a family from Las Arenas for ‘Infantil’ [13-14 years old], and in the residence from ‘Cadete’ [14-15] onwards. That makes an impression on you for life.

Are you excited about going to Juventus?
It’s one of the best teams in Europe and the best in Italy. I’m lucky to be able to play for a team like that. I’m really looking forward to entering a new phase.

Why Juventus?
Because it has impressed me ever since it expressed an interest. It’s a really big club, comparable to Real and Barça. It’s as though I’ve always known it was my team.

What about your story? It’s almost unbelievable.
My case is different, I’ve always attempted to choose the best option for both Athletic and me. I didn’t want to go for free. Neither did I want to have the year I’ve had. I’ll never go through that again if I can do anything to avoid it. I tried to get the best deal for myself but I came up against a brick wall.

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