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Llorente to join Juventus in summer

January 24, 2013
By ESPN staff

Juventus have confirmed that Spain striker Fernando Llorente will join the club in the summer once his current contract with Athletic Bilbao expires.

Fernando Llorente
PA PhotosLlorente has been a peripheral figure for Athletic this season due to his desire to leave the club

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The Serie A champions announced that the 27-year-old forward has agreed terms on a four-year contract which runs until June 2017.

"Juventus can confirm that Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente will join the club on 1 July 2013," a club statement read.

Llorente, a world and European champion with his country, was a key part of the Athletic side which reached the finals of the Europa League and the Copa del Rey last season.

However, his subsequent stalling over a new deal at the San Mames and his desire to leave the club which he joined as a youth player led to him being frozen out by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

This season, Llorente has started just one league game for Athletic, having scored 16 goals in 32 games in the competition for them last season.

In nine years with the Basque club Llorente has made 334 appearances and scored 104 goals in all competitions, netting a career best 29 last term as he helped them to two cup finals, both of which ended in defeat.

He was also a member of the Spain squads which lifted the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, recording seven goals in his 21 caps to date.