In the first half of the season, Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur didn’t feature regularly and publicly made it clear he fancied a return top former side Athletic Club Bilbao.

The former Swansea City man’s contract at the north London club will run down in the summer and there were reports suggesting the La Liga side would be interested in re-signing the striker in the winter market.

Earlier this month, the 34-year-old admitted that he was open to the idea of joining the Basque club, but Athletic never made an approach for him in January.

In addition to this, Harry Kane’s injury in January also forced the Premier League outfit to retain the Spaniard.

Llorente turned 34 on Tuesday and spoke to Radio Marca, where he once again expressed his desire to make a switch to the Spanish side and finish his playing career in Bilbao.

“There was a lot of talk about my possible departure to Athletic but seeing the injuries that Tottenham had, I knew it would be complicated. It would be nice to retire at Athletic,” the frontman explained.

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So far, Llorente has not been handed a new deal and he could leave Spurs as a free agent in the summer.