Marcelo Bielsa: 'Fernando Llorente not leaving in January'

Marcelo Bielsa
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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.

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