Marcelo Bielsa: 'Fernando Llorente not leaving in January'

Marcelo Bielsa
© PA Photos
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa insists that Fernando Llorente will not be sold in January.

Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has insisted that Fernando Llorente will not be allowed to leave the club in January.

The striker recently claimed that he would exit the Spanish club when his contract expires in the summer, but Bilbao have been rumoured to be keen on cashing in on the 27-year-old in the New Year.

"The situation is what it is," Bielsa told reporters. "Llorente leaving in January is something the club have rejected.

"There is already a fixed position, and his presence gives us something extra."

Juventus, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the forward.

Related Video
Champions League
League One
Conference Premier
FT
Braintree Town
0-1
Welling United
FT
Bristol Rovers
2-1
Barnet
FT
Dartford
2-4
Chester
FT
Dover Athletic
5-0
Nuneaton Town
FT
Grimsby Town
3-1
Woking
FT
Kidderminster
1-1
Wrexham
FT
Macclesfield
1-0
Torquay Utd
FT
Southport
1-3
Aldershot
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
FT
Oldham
2-2
Preston
Pens.
(9-10)
FA Cup
FT
Concord Rangers
0-1
Mansfield
Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid123530
2Barcelona122428
3Atletico Madrid121126
4Valencia121324
5Sevilla12323
6Malaga12321
7Celta Vigo12520
8Villarreal12318
9Athletic Bilbao12-315
10Getafe12-714
11Rayo Vallecano12-914
12Eibar12-613
13Levante12-1712
14Espanyol12-411
15Granada12-1111
16Real Sociedad12-410
17Almeria12-510
18Deportivo La Coruna12-910
19Elche12-1210
20Cordoba12-107
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand