Tevez: I did not criticise Llorente
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez has given his backing to team-mate Fernando Llorente, denying he criticised the Spaniard.
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Reports in Spain quoted the Argentine with the words "Llorente would be better off playing basketball", but via his Twitter account Tevez has set the record straight.
"I just wanted to tell you that I never said anything bad about Fernando, particularly because I believe he’s a great player and he’s going to be fundamental," he wrote about a player he is yet to appear alongside in a competitive game for the Bianconeri this season.
Llorente’s lack of action since his free transfer arrival from Athletic this summer is causing consternation in Spain, particularly considering how hard the Turin club worked on signing him last season, convincing the player in January to accept their offer to join on a free transfer once his contract with the Basque club expired.
"Juve are ignoring Llorente," said El Pais, claiming that Llorente is currently coach Antonio Conte’s fifth choice behind Tevez, Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco.
With only a two-minute cameo appearance in the closing stages of Juve’s victory at Sampdoria on the opening day of the season, Llorente has found his opportunities limited since arriving in Turin and rumours are already abound that he will move on as soon as January. The Premier League is cited is a probable destination.
The 28-year-old was not given a chance against Copenhagen in the Champions League in midweek when Conte rested Vucinic, preferring Quagliarella, who was on the verge of leaving the club right up until the transfer window closed earlier this month.