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Fernando Llorente chances of returning to Tottenham have taken a turn for the worse¬†after Spurs’ new signing Giovani Lo Celso was given the Spaniard’s number 18 shirt for the upcoming campaign.

The 34-year-old was released by Tottenham after his two-year deal expired on 1st July and despite some interest from Manchester United yesterday, Llorente remains a free agent.

Llorente, who played a key role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League final last term, was offered fresh terms in July, but wasn’t included on their pre-season tours of the Far East and Munich for the Audi Cup last month and is still considering his options.

And now, the World Cup winner in 2010, looks unlikely to sign a new deal with the North London outfit after the number 18 shirt he scored eight goals in 35 games in last season has been handed to Tottenham’s latest summer signing, Lo Celso, who joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Betis earlier today.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah who wouldn’t want a player who only costs wages as back up who was absolutely crucial to Tottenham getting to the Champions League Final?

  2. May as well sign Llorente up for another year (if he’s happy with a reduced wage).
    It’s not as though we’re swimming with strikers, and he’s pretty reliable.
    If Dybala had come in then obviously it would have been a real boost, as he could have played either as
    a striker or in his more usual no. 10 role, just off the forwards. But I’m glad we’ve got 2 new midfielders,
    and another left back (or potential winger and/or right back) and I pray we keep Eriksen, and to a lesser
    extent, Rose.
    I’m bemused, however why we never went in for Alves to offer him a one year contract.
    It’s not as though we’re awash with right backs (Aurier is still hopeless, and injured, and KWP is still not developing into the player we hoped), plus Alves’ presence, influence and performances might even have inspired and improved the two we’ve got.
    So we’re a bit unbalanced on our right full/wing back flank, which is really not good at all, and we’re still short of another striker. But all in all, it’s not been a bad window for us, plus we’ve got some decent young players, like Parrot, coming through.

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