Tottenham Hotspur’s new striker Fernando Llorente would have been seen playing for another London club if not for a last-minute phone call from boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spaniard was constantly linked with the reigning English champions, Chelsea, and was widely expected to join them this summer. However, Spurs made a last-minute snatch for Llorente, and secured his signature just hours before the deadline.
Scoring 15 goals and laying down an assist in the league last season, the forward was expected to be reunited with his former boss Antonio Conte, after the relationship between the club and Diego Costa started to deteriorate. The Blues were in search of a quick replacement, and the former Swansea man emerged as a suitable candidate.
Eventually, Llorente snubbed Chelsea’s offer and decided to move to their derby rivals. And following his arrival at North London, the 32-year-old has finally revealed the reason behind this snub, and how Pochettino played a vital role in the saga.
“At the very last minute, Pochettino called me and convinced me [to join Spurs],” the former Spanish international told Daily Mail.
“The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time, but at the end, you know how this works.
“I am very happy because at the end everything came out perfect. Tottenham are an amazing club with a wonderful project and I think I fit in very well. It is clear that Pochettino played a very important role in the decision.”
Llorente joined the Londoners for a reported fee of around £12 million, and is seemingly an upgrade on Vincent Janssen, who failed to impress last campaign. In addition to consecutive Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, the former Juventus man could prove to be very useful to the Spurs boss towards the end of the season.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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