Fernando Llorente: 'I was ready to leave Juventus'

Fernando Llorente reveals that he considered leaving Juventus during the early stages of his career in Turin.

Fernando Llorente has admitted that he did think about leaving Juventus when he was struggling to cement a place in the side early in the season.

The Spanish striker joined the club on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in the summer and claims that he found it hard to compete with his rivals for a spot in attack.

"I could hardly train as my body simply couldn't keep up. My body was not used to working so much and I felt completely drained. I had a lot of doubts and was ready to throw in the towel," Llorente told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Also because there is a lot of competition for places. We are with five attackers and it's not easy to break into the team.

"But then Antonio Conte considered me again and that gave me a lot of energy. I was fortunate enough to get more playing time."

Llorente has scored four times in 12 appearances for Juventus.

Head coach of Juventus Antonio Conte reacts during UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Galatasaray AS at Juventus Arena on October 2, 2013
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