Spanish international striker rejected Spurs chance

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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has confirmed interest from Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window.

The Spanish international, who has earned 18-caps for his country thus far, rejected the opportunity to move to England and is now eager to continue plying his trade in his homeland.

After netting 19 times last season for Los Leones, the 26-year-old is hoping to pen a new deal at San Mamés soon, but any chance of a move to Spurs is off.

"I know there was interest from Tottenham Hotspur, but never at any moment did I want to leave Athletic," Llorente is quoted as saying to AS.

"I think things are going well, but right now I am not in a hurry. What concerns me the most now is to get in shape and that we keep winning.

In relation to a new contract, he added: "I have no idea how negotiations are going, those are things my brother handles and there will be time to answer these questions."


Harry Redknapp has a track record of chasing La Liga strikers, failing to bring Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi to Spurs last summer despite big-money bids.

Instead, Redknapp turned to Emmanuel Adebayor this summer, with the forward moving to White Hart Lane on season-long loan and is set to make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

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