Llorente: I was ready to quit Juventus

The Spaniard has revealed that he was ready to leave Turin after a tough introduction to Italian football, but is happy to now have fought his way into the Bianconeri line-up
Fernando Llorente has admitted that he was ready to throw in the towel at Juventus after experiencing a difficult start to life at the Serie A champions.

The Spain international, who joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao during the summer, struggled to live up to the high expectations in the opening months of the 2013-14 campaign and spent most of his time on the bench.

However, he then broke into the starting XI following injuries to Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella, so now he's pleased with how things have panned out.

"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 [coach] Antonio Conte considered me again and that gave me a lot of energy. I was fortunate enough to get more playing time. Vucinic and Quagliarella's injuries gave me the chance to prove myself.

"I got more game time and started feeling better with each minute I got. I have found the right rhythm now."

Llorente has netted four goals in 12 appearances in all competition for Juventus so far this season.