Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente has explained why he didn’t join Chelsea in the summer in an interview with Spanish outlet Marca.
Antonio Conte was confident the striker would sign for the Blues until Tottenham swooped in with an agreed fee with Swansea City on deadline day.
Llorente and Conte worked together at Juventus with the Italian clearly a big fan of the 32-year-old. However, the board failed to get the signing over the line in a frustrating summer for the Champions. The forward has spoken out about the details of his move in an interview with Marca.
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Llorente is quoted by Marca saying:
“Conte signed me at Juve and wanted me to join him at Chelsea. He had tried to sign me in January as well. Chelsea, however, failed to reach an agreement with Swansea and Tottenham were much quicker than the Blues.”
This confirms that the striker didn’t reject the club. Although, it emphasises the disappointment of the board’s dealings and Conte’s desperation to sign players.
The Spaniard would have been a great signing for us, being a player with a good attitude and physical presence.
After the disappointment of not signing Llorente, there’s a good chance the club will look to sign a striker in January.