Llorente commits future to Athletic Club

07:55, November 23, 2010      

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Athletic Club Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente this Monday again insisted that he was happy at his current club and had no intention of leaving at the end of the season.

The Spain international, who has scored nine goals in 12 Primera Liga matches this season, has been the constant object of interest from Real Madrid with the Madrid based press insisting that the club will try and take him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for next year.

Athletic Club President, Garcia Macua last week said that his club would never negotiate a sale and that anyone wishing to buy their star player would have to play his buyout clause of 36 million Euros (50 million US dollars). Taxes would mean Real Madrid having to pay a total of closer to 60 million Euros (82 million US dollars).

With elections for club President at the end of the current season, it is impossible for Athletic to consider negotiating Llorente’s sale at a lower price.

If Macua did so it would guarantee him losing the elections and should any other possible candidate be prepared to sanction a sale it would also destroy their credibility with the Athletic fans and also make them virtually unelectable.

Llorente scored his side’s goal in Saturday’s 5-1 defeat away to Madrid on Saturday night and was a constant thorn in the side of the Madrid defense.

This Monday, he said he was expected to play in the Bernabeu next season, but that he would only do so when his side visited the ground to play Madrid.

"Of course I will go back there next year and I will do so as an Athletic club player," Llorente told Basque newspaper El Correo Digital.

"I am very happy at the club and I have a contract with Athletic until June 2013," he added.

Llorente also said that nobody from Real Madrid had been in contact with him over a possible transfer.

Spanish newspaper Diario AS also published this Monday that English giant Manchester United were also prepared to make an offer for the man who has become one of the most in-demand players Spanish Primera Liga.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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