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Llorente wants to star against Chelsea, says Swansea boss Clement

3:29 PM MYT 25/02/2017
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After being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, the Spain international is eager to make his mark on Saturday

Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is hungry to impress against Chelsea after being linked with a move to the Premier League leaders, according to Paul Clement.

Llorente, 31, was heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea in January, in a move which would have seen him reunite with former Juventus coach Antonio Conte.

Llorente out to prove Chelsea point

But the Spain international ended up staying at Swansea, the club he joined in August.

Head coach Clement says Llorente, who has eight league goals this season, is eager to star at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

"He's a big character with a lot of experience at a high level and, put it this way, he's very motivated for this weekend," he said.

"It's human nature that he will want to perform well against Chelsea on Saturday."

Clement, whose team are four points clear of the relegation zone, also praised Llorente's all-round contribution.

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The Englishman also said he jokingly asked Llorente if he needed a break ahead of the trip to Chelsea.

"I asked him if he wanted a rest on Saturday and you should've seen his face," Clement said.

"'You look tired', I said, and straight away he was saying 'no, no, I'm not'."