Fernando Llorente’s father rules out Tottenham extension amid Napoli link

The representative and father of Fernando Llorente have confirmed that the Spaniard won’t be extending his contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The 33-year-old has a poor debut season with Spurs where he struggled for goals as well as gametime and he is now said to be eyeing a fresh challenge with Napoli said to be interested in his signature.

Speaking to Calcio Napoli 24, Llorente’s father said that his son would be honoured to play for a club of Napoli’s calibre but so far, he has not received any approach from the Naples outfit. He added that the marksman has no plans of extending his Spurs contract whatsoever with his existing deal due to expire in 12 months’ time.

He said: “We know nothing about Napoli. At the moment, nobody has contacted us neither from Napoli nor from Tottenham, so at the moment I don’t have anything to say about it. Of course, we would be honoured to deal with the Blues because we are talking about one of the top Italian football clubs. We are talking about a top club, it would be a great honour if it was true that Napoli are interested in Fernando. No, absolutely, we will not renew with Tottenham.”

Llorente had a top debut season in the Premier League with Swansea City between 2016 and 2017 where his 15 league goals contributed to them beating the drop. However, he has not been able to replicate the feat with Spurs, and he is currently the third-choice striker in their ranks with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son favoured ahead of him in the pecking order.

As such, an exit from the north London outfit appears a wise move for the summer but it is yet to be seen whether Spurs would entertain his departure without recruiting a potential recruitment. As things stand, the club are likely to be without both Kane and Son for the opening league game after their World Cup exploits and they have a potential headache at hand.