Llorente keeps focus on Spurs as Bilbao return beckons
Fernando Llorente will be a target for former club Athletic Bilbao in the summer but says ‘now is the moment to show my strength’.
The Spurs striker is enjoying a run in the first team during the injury-enforced absence of Harry Kane but will be out of contract in a few months and ripe for a return to Spain. Athletic Club, where he spent eight years and scored 85 goals in 262 league appearances, are monitoring the situation and look ready to pounce. The Bilbao outfit will only field players from the region or with Basque ancestry and sporting director Rafael Alkorta says Llorente would be an obvious target. “We are attentive to any player who can wear the Athletic shirt,” he said. Meanwhile, Llorente is keeping his thoughts on matters in north London, as Spurs attempt to overcome the twin blow of exiting both domestic cup competitions to maintain their Premier League title challenge and go further than ever before in the Champions League. ‘My mindset now is to be very focused, to give my best,’ Llorente told Tottenhamhotspur.com. ‘I was waiting for an opportunity to come into the team and play more frequently and now I feel like it’s the moment to show all my strength. ‘Hopefully I can score a lot of goals and help the team because, like I’ve said before, I think it will be a very important moment to do that.’