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Juventus rule out Fernando Llorente sale

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Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the club won't be selling Fernando Llorente in the near future.

Arsenal were reported to have made an enquiry regarding the Spanish striker with a view to taking taking him on loan in January.

Arsene Wenger had been buoyed by reports that Llorente was struggling to settle in Turin after moving from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.

But it seems a move is off the cards after Marotta ruled out any potential move for the striker, saying the Serie A champions are planning to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.

"The player is not for sale, he never has been, he remains with us," he told Tuttosport.

"There is great confidence in him, he is reaching the top of the physical condition. We are very happy with him and his progress."

Llorente has had a mixed start to life at Juventus since leaving La Liga on a Bosman free transfer.

So far he has scored three goals in 10 games but did score the crucial equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Arsenal were believed to be interested in signing the striker to increase the options in attack.

The Gunners are still heavily reliant of Olivier Giroud, who has started 16 games already this season - more than any other outfield player. 

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