Wednesday, August 22, 2012
ESPNsoccernet: November 11, 8:48 PM UK
Fernando Llorente off Athletic roster
BILBAO, Spain -- Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez were
left off Athletic Bilbao's Europa League playoff squad with the
Spain internationals reportedly set to leave the Basque club.
The pair was left out of the 5-3 Spanish league loss to Real
Betis and will also miss Thursday's first leg against HJK Helsinki.
Martinez, a defender or midfielder, has been linked with a move
to Bayern Munich. Llorente told the club he would not renew his
contract, which runs to the end of this season, with several
European teams eyeing the powerful striker.
Last season, Bilbao reached the Europa League and Copa del Rey
Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa says "with those left we'll try to
achieve something like we did last season."