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Real Madrid full back Marcelo admits that Athletic Bilbao hitman Fernando Llorente is difficult to stop.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo is wary of the threat posed by Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente when the sides meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening.

The Spanish international has been in sparkling form for los Leones this season, fuelling speculation that Jose Mourinho may launch a bid to bring him to the capital in the summer.

Speaking in an interview with website Bwin.com, the Brazilian full-back warned of the attributes that Llorente possesses, saying: “I think Athletic Bilbao are a very good team. I played against Llorente a few times and found it very difficult to stop him. But the defence of Real Madrid is very good and we are doing a great job.

“Madrid are always the favourite when we play in matches such as this, and it is important that we do not think about defeat. We are working hard to try and continued as we are now, where we are doing very well.

“I want to win more titles here, I want to win the Champions League, and there is a lot that I will have to work hard in order to achieve. I will stay with this team until the death.”

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