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Arsenal and Tottenham target edges closer to exit after latest spat

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Llorente wants to leave Bilbao (©GettyImages)
Llorente wants to leave Bilbao (©GettyImages).

Tottenham and Arsenal transfer target Fernando Llorente has once more voiced his frustration with his situation at Athletic Bilbao, and says he is tired of apologising after his latest spat with the club.

Llorente appeared to be on the verge of leaving the Basque club over the summer after turning down the offer of a contract extension.

Tottenham and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for the Spanish international along with Liverpool, and previous reports from Spain have revealed he is keen on a Premier League switch.

After turning down the offer of a contract extension, Llorente has been booed by his own fans and regulalry dropped to the bench.

Now speaking after he failed to turn up at a Bilbao press conference, Llorente says the reason he didn't show was because he had already been booked to do an interview elsewhere, and says he is tired of falling out with his boyhood club.

“I cannot be in two places at the same time and I’ve not disobeyed anyone," he told reportes in Spain. "They only notified me as I was leaving training and as I’d already agreed to do this interview I couldn’t be in both places at once."

“I’m tired of saying sorry. I’ve had some difficult moments and at times it has got me down.

“The incidents at Lezama [coach Marcelo Bielsa allegedly expelled him from training] were the most unpleasant I’ve experienced, but nevertheless I still feel wanted. For me Athletic is everything and I’ll always be grateful to them.

“I’ve had some magnificent years and I hope to be remembered as a player who gave everything when he was here,” he added.

News of the latest bust up involving Lllorente is likely to spark further rumours linking him with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Arsenal appear short of options in attack following the departure of Robin van Persie over the summer, and although new arrival Olivier Giroud has started to find his feet at the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks boss, Arsene Wenger is expected to dip into the market for a new forward.

Tottenham face a similar quandary in attack, with only Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor capable of leading the line. Adebayor now faces a three game ban after he was sent off against former club Arsenal in Spurs' 5-2 defeat on Saturday, leaving Andre Villas-Boas struggling for attacking options.

Llorente's contract expires in the summer meaning he could be available on the cheap, something that will certainly attract his premier League suitors, as well as Italian giants Juventus.

Bilbao now sit in 14th in La Liga following their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid over the weekend, with Bielsa under increasing pressure to turn things around.

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