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Llorente set to leave Athletic for Juventus

Thursday 24 January 2013 13.55 CET
Fernando Llorente made his Liga debut for Athletic in January 2005

Fernando Llorente will leave Athletic Club and join Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

Forward Llorente has spent his whole career with Athletic but, having failed to agree terms on a new contract, will depart for Turin on 1 July. The 27-year-old Spanish international has signed a deal with the Bianconeri that could keep him at the Juventus Stadium until at least June 2017.

Llorente has scored 82 Liga goals in 248 appearances for Athletic and found the net seven times as the Leones reached last season's UEFA Europa League final. He has been capped 21 times by Spain and was a member of the squads that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012.

Juventus face Scottish title holders Celtic FC in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with the first leg in Glasgow on 12 February.

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