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Bielsa: Llorente will not be leaving in January

by TomConn | Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Athletic Bilbao manager, Marcelo Bielsa has refuted the possibility of beleaguered and wantaway striker, Fernando Llorente being transferred this January, despite his refusal to sign a contract extension before his expires in June 2013.

In his press conference on Wednesday, Bielsa stated that he will not sell the 27-year-old Spanish international, despite multiple reports linking him to Italian Serie A club, Juventus this winter.

“The situation is what it is. Llorente leaving in January is something the club have rejected.

“There is already a fixed position, and his presence gives us something extra.

“What happened was nothing different to what was discussed. We have all given our opinions. It would be worth analysing if the situation were not the same as it is now, but there is nothing different.

“I have given my opinion, everyone has, and it won’t add anything new.”

Llorente recently stated that he will not renew and will allow his contract to expire, citing the media’s negative treatment of him after rejecting a contract extension this past summer, as one of the major reasons for his desire to leave his boyhood club.

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