Fernando Llorente has confirmed a La Liga club offered to take him from Tottenham in the January transfer window.
The striker scored the third and potentially crucial goal in Wednesday’s night’s 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
It was Llorente’s third goal since being given more minutes after Harry Kane’s ankle injury, and the Spaniard now feels like a more important member of the first-team squad.
Throughout January, Llorente was linked with a return to Spain with his former club Athletic Bilbao mooted as the most likely destination.
The 33-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, believes Kane’s injury changed his situation at Spurs; he likely would have been sold if not for Kane’s absence.
However, Llorente has revealed he did receive an offer from a Spanish club in January – but it wasn’t Bilbao.
“Maybe Harry Kane’s injury played a part in me not leaving the club in the January window,” LLorente said (via AS).
“I haven’t had a phone call from Bilbao, but I did get a call from another club in Spain… but not a club from the south.”
The former Juventus striker went on to suggest a one-year extension with Spurs isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
He added: “If I renew for one year I’ll be delighted. The project here at Tottenham is very exciting, but we are also prepared for any phone call that might come through.”
While Llorente has proved useful in recent weeks, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Realistically, Spurs need a striker who can provide more consistent competition for Kane and Son Heung-min up front.