Arsenal target Llorente: I was ready to quit Juventus

The Spaniard reveals that he was prepared to leave Turin after a tough introduction to Serie A but is happy now to have fought his way into the Bianconeri line-up
Fernando Llorente admits 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.

As exclusively revealed by Goal, this prompted Arsenal to target an ambitious January loan move, but Juventus are adamant that Llorente is not for sale and the man himself has since broken into the starting XI following injuries to Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella, becoming happier with how things are going.

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"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," the striker 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 competitions for Juventus so far this season.