Athletic Bilbao will not sell Llorente in January

Fernando Llorente has often been a name discussed over the past few weeks in the Football Transfer Tavern, but Francisco Acedo of Sky Sports doesn’t think the Spaniard will be making a January move to the Premier League.

Llorente only has six months left on his current deal at Athletic Bilbao – a situation that has led many to believe the Spanish club may cash in on their main man in January, rather than let him leave for nothing in the summer.

“This player makes our team more competitive and his future will be decided by the club,” said Bilbao president Josu Urrutia. “At the moment we need to maintain the quality level within our squad, not reduce it. “Llorente will stay with us until the end of the season.”

Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been linked with a move for the big striker, who has spent his entire career at Bilbao where he is regarded as a club hero. He has played over 300 games scoring over 100 goals over the course of his career in La Liga.

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