Ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League match against Barcelona this week, Fernando Llorente spoke to Mundo Deportivo.

During the conversation the player’s future came up, inevitably, and he was open about the possibilities ahead of him. With a contract expiring in June, the former Swansea City player will have a lot of power in deciding his next destination.

There had been suggestions in Spain that a return to Athletic Club Bilbao could be possible. Llorente left under a cloud, having rejected a renewal and going on a free transfer. He was ostracised, but given the Basque club have a very strict recruitment policy, they have to consider any good player who fits it.

Llorente said: “Returning to Athletic [Bilbao]? It is one of the options. For my family’s sake, I would like to continue in Europe, but we’ll see what deals there are when the season ends. Continue in the Premier league or go back to Spain or even Italy, where I was very happy.” 

Well, it would appear the club’s president Josu Urrutia isn’t exactly counting down the days.

Mundo Deportivo quote him as saying: “We always repeat the same before possible signings. We have to be aware of sports monitoring to see what can improve our staff. Llorente, in his time, rejected an offer of ours that was impossible to refuse, and preferred another one. That has happened.”

Mundo Deportivo take that as Urrutia cutting speculation about the Tottenham player.