Tottenham striker Llorente reveals reason behind Chelsea snub

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The Spaniard might have been playing in another part of London this season had it not been for the "very important" intervention of the Spurs boss

Fernando Llorente revealed a last-minute telephone call from Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to snub Premier League champions Chelsea in favour of a move to Tottenham.

The former Spain international made the switch from Swansea City for a reported £12million on deadline day and will provide competition for star striker Harry Kane.

Llorente last goal v Swansea 12/5

Llorente, who scored 15 league goals last season, had been widely expected to reunite with his former Juventus coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

But the 32-year-old said his decision was influenced by a late pitch from Spurs boss Pochettino.

"At the very last minute, Pochettino called me and convinced me [to join Tottenham]," Llorente told The Daily Mail.

"The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works.

"I am very happy because at the end everything came out perfect. Tottenham are an amazing club with a wonderful project and I think I fit in very well.

Fernando Llorente Swansea City Premier League

"It is clear that Pochettino played a very important role in the decision."

Llorente debuted for his new club in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, replacing Kane off the bench at Wembley.

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The appearance marked the start of another chapter in the forward's relationship with Pochettino, which began on his LaLiga bow in 2005.

"I made my first-team debut [for Athletic Bilbao] against him at San Mames. He was at the end of his playing career and I was at the beginning of mine," Llorente said.

"Then he [became] the Espanyol manager and I faced him several more times. Now I play under him at Tottenham and I really want to give my best."

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