No Team Will Pay My €36 Million Release Clause - Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente

Striker Fernando Llorente doesn't believe any team will pay the €36m release clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract.
Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente was once again asked questions regarding his future today, and stated that he does not believe anyone will meet his €36 million valuation.

Llorente bagged three goals in two internationals as Spain recorded wins over Lithuania and Scotland, igniting speculation that Real Madrid may be interested in bringing him to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.

Barcelona have also expressed an interest, but speaking to journalists after today’s training session, he stated that he is contracted to los Leones and that his release clause is likely to be outwith the budget of most teams.

He said: “I am under contract for three more years with Athletic Bilbao, and unless the president wants to sell, I do not think anyone would pay my release clause of €36m. I feel well in Bilbao and only think about scoring further goals here.”

Llorente is keen to avoid the media frenzy that has followed his recent excellent performances, adding: “I try to be calm. I know how this works. What goes up can come down. Football changes every week, now things are going well and I have to take this opportunity to extend my streak.

“There are days when things so perfectly, but I know that this will not always be so. In football, there are always ups and downs.”

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