Llorente flattered by links

Bilbao striker admits Barca and Real interest shows his success

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Llorente flattered by links

Llorente: Flattered


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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has admitted that he is flattered by interest in him from Barcelona and Real Madrid, but is only thinking about where he is currently.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a great start to the season, scoring three goals in six matches in La Liga, and bagging three goals for Spain in their Euro 2012 qualifiers during the international break.

Llorente also netted 23 goals in all competitions for his club last season, earning himself a spot in Spain's World Cup winning squad, boasting a record of seven goals in 12 games for his country.

However the Pamplona-born striker insisted he was not letting the speculation get the better of him, despite two of the world's biggest clubs reportedly ready to battle it out for his signature.


"It's all a little excessive. I've scored goals but neither is such a big idea. This interest is flattering and it's a sign that I'm doing my job well," he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

"I'm only thinking about Athletic, I don't have my mind on anything more."

Commenting on his strike rate, Llorente admitted: "They are good numbers, but the difficult thing is to continue maintaining that level when you play more games.

"That's where David Villa is, look at the figures he has, they are spectacular."