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Fernando Llorente has no plans on leaving Spurs

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Spanish forward Fernando Llorente revealed that he’s “very satisfied” at Tottenham, despite being strongly linked with an exit.

Since completing a £12.1m move from Swansea City in 2017, Llorente has struggled to make his mark at Spurs due to the stunning form of Harry Kane.

Therefore, the former Juventus striker has largely been playing second fiddle to Kane since the moment he first set foot in north London and had been strongly linked with a return to Athletic Bilbao during the January transfer window.

Despite his contract expiring in June, however, Llorente stayed put at Spurs and has capitalised on Kane’s recent ankle injury by registering six goals and three assists in his last nine appearances.

And now the 33-year-old insists he is content where he is.

“The truth is I’m very satisfied here in Spurs, I haven’t thought about leaving,” Llorente told The Independent.

“I’m at a great club, I still have a contract, and my intention is to win trophies here.

“Right now, I’m enjoying a good moment, and I hope I can keep scoring goals and everything keeps going well.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recently paid tribute to Llorente’s “fantastic” attitude after scoring an emotional match-winner against Watford in the Premier League at the end of last month.

And the Spaniard’s fine run of form shows no signs of coming to an end yet after scoring in Spurs’ 3-0 first leg win over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 clash at Wembley in just a six-minute cameo.

“To be honest, I was dreaming of that goal,” Llorente said.

“This season and last season, I was on the bench a lot of the time, and always I tried to score.

“It had been a while since I’d come off the bench to score, so it was satisfying, and all the more so that it was Champions League.

“The important thing is to help whenever I’m called upon, and keep working hard.”

In total, Llorente has managed seven goals and four assists in 20 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on February 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)