Fernando Llorente has revealed the reasons why he snubbed a move to Chelsea to complete a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Llorente completed a £14m from Swansea City to Tottenham on this summer’s transfer deadline day, despite Premier League champions having held an interest in signing the Spaniard since January. Chelsea did hold talks with the striker on deadline day, but he was ultimately pursuaded to choose Spurs after a phone call from Mauricio Pochettino.
“The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works.
“At the very last minute Pochettino called me and convinced me (to move to Tottenham).
“The Tottenham project is impressive. They have done very well in the last few years and I think I fit very well with this project. I think I can help them a lot.
“It is clear that Pochettino played a very important role in the decision. I have known him since he was playing in Spain.
“I made my first-team debut (with Athletico Bilbao) against him at the San Mames Stadium. He was at the end of his playing career and I was at the beginning of mine.
“Then he was the Espanyol manager and I faced him several more times. Now I play under him at Tottenham and I really want to give my best.
“I’m happy because everything came out perfect. I fit in very well here. I really want to contribute and I hope that I can score a lot of goals to help the club and meet our objectives.”
Llorente made his Tottenham debut on Tuesday, coming on as a late substitute for Harry Kane in the 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League