Fernando Llorente set to quit Bilbao at season end

Fernando Llorente says he will leave Spanish club Athletic

Bilbao at the end of the season and blamed the media for souring

relations with the club and its fans.

The 27-year-old striker, who rose through the junior ranks of

the Basque club, said he had been unlucky and denied money was an

issue why his career hadn’t worked out at Bilbao.

Llorente said on Tuesday that ”what has come out in the press

is lies,” adding that the media had ”not helped my renewal” of a

deal at the club.

In August, Llorente refused to sign a new contract. Following a

2-0 loss to Real Sociedad in September, he reportedly argued with

coach Marcelo Bielsa and later stormed out of training.