14-goal PL striker confirms Chelsea interest: “I know Chelsea wanted me”

Fernando Llorente has confirmed that Chelsea attempted to sign him in the January transfer window but declared that he was adamant he wanted to stay at Swansea City.

Llorente was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sought to bolster his attacking options, but the Spaniard ended up remaining at Swansea and helped the club to avoid relegation to the Championship.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Llorente said: “I know Chelsea wanted me in January. I said straight away that I wanted to stay here.

“We were fighting relegation, there was a cause. I could not go. If a big club comes in for me in the future who knows because every player wants to play for a big club. But I am very, very happy here.

“I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and I truly believe it is the best league in the world. It is an intense league and it has been a hard season because I am used to winning. But it is also very rewarding when you achieve in this intense situation that we had here.”

A vastly experienced player, Llorente certainly played his part in Swansea’s survival bid as he scored 14 times in the Premier League.

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