Llorente: I want the title

Fernando Llorente hopes his determination to help Juventus win a third consecutive Serie A title earns him a return to the Spain fold.

Last Updated: 02/07/13 at 19:20 Post Comment

Fernando Llorente: Wants to win Serie A with new club Juventus

Fernando Llorente: Wants to win Serie A with new club Juventus

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 28-year-old met reporters in Turin after completing his free transfer from Athletic Bilbao having agreed a four-year contract with Juve in January.

Llorente - a World Cup winner in 2010 - found his chances with Bilbao limited since falling out with the Basque club's management last August and, while using some of his spare time to begin learning Italian, he managed just five goals in 36 matches during his final year at San Mames.

His last appearance for Vicente del Bosque's Spain came against Scotland in October 2011 but the imposing striker hopes his subscription to the Juve cause will allow him to get his career "back on track".

He told the club's official website: "For me it's a dream to be here. Juventus is a fantastic club and I believe the club is perfect for someone like me who always wants to improve.

"Last year the team played beautiful football and deserved to win the league. I hope we can do the same next season.

"Winning a third consecutive league title would be an achievement, if you consider that Juve haven't done so since 1935, so managing to do it would be great.

"That's much more important to me than the number of goals I score."

Llorente recalled his acrimonious exit from the Basque country - a season which left a sour taste in the mouth of a player who scored 85 goals in 262 league appearances for Athletic.

He added: "It was a difficult year because I couldn't play, that's what I love doing, and I wasn't able to help the team out.

"Things went differently to how I would have preferred them to go but I want to thank Athletic all the same. It was the club where I grew as a player and I really love the city.

"Last year hindered my progress with the national team too so I hope to get back on track while I'm at Juventus.

"I feel I'm in good shape and that's also because I've worked with (former Athletic coach) Bielsa for the last two years. Even on holiday I trained hard."

The Spaniard follows Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez to Italy and will meet head coach Antonio Conte in the coming days before becoming acquainted with fellow forwards Sebastian Giovinco, Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic.

"There are six strikers at the club and they're all ready to do well," Llorente added. "It's up to the coach to decide who goes out on the pitch.

"I'm just happy to pull on such a prestigious shirt and I want to thank the fans for the wonderful welcome they've given me. It's been incredible."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Ligue 1: Lyon held by Bastia, Monaco grind out a point, Rennes climb

Lyon missed out on the opportunity to leapfrog Marseille in to second place in Ligue 1 as they were held 0-0 by Bastia.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger is frustrated by loss to Man United

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side should have got something from their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Premier League: Van Gaal stays grounded after first away win propels United into the top-four

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal played down his side’s first away win of the season at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property