Llorente to insist on exit from Bilbao this winter

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente says he will again try

to leave his boyhood club in the winter after failing to secure a

transfer this offseason.

Llorente said he ”will be free again to negotiate in January”

after playing his first minutes and scoring his first goal for

Bilbao this season in Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Espanyol.

Llorente had not played in Bilbao’s first three Spanish league

games after saying he wouldn’t renew his contract beyond next

summer, adding to Bilbao’s tumultuous summer that saw it lose

midfielder Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich.

The Spanish international told radio SER, ”Even though one day

I won’t play for Athletic, I will always support this team. It is a

personal decision and people have to respect it.”