Fernando Llorente’s chance to sign for Real Madrid has almost certainly now gone, but the striker has been linked with a Bernabeu move at several points during his career.

Right now at least a couple of Llorente’s teammates at Tottenham are being linked, however weakly, with moves to Real Madrid, and when speaking to Spanish radio this week, the striker was asked how he’d feel about the potential move.

Being achingly diplomatic, Llorente is quoted by AS as saying: “Any player would love to play in the best teams in the world. I have been fortunate enough to play in Athletic and Juventus, I hope I can win titles with Tottenham.”

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Llorente was then pressed a little more about a potential return to Spanish football, and again sailed through the question like the experienced professional he is: “You always miss Spain, in Italy I lived well, there’s nothing in Spain, but I do not close the door to return to La Liga, but I want to experience the Premier League.”

Already with quite a bit of Premier League experience with Swansea City, Llorente seems to be mean he wishes to experience the top end of the Premier League. At 32 years of age, there’s still time for a return to La Liga, but not a great deal of it.

Leaving Athletic Club Bilbao very bitterly, there’d be some romance in those bridges being rebuilt and Llorente ending his career at the Basque club.