Fernando Llorente keen to stay


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Swansea striker Fernando Llorente says he is eager to stay with the club and fight for his place in the starting line-up after netting twice in Saturday’s dramatic win.

The Swans have struggled to find any consistency this term, and, following the appointment of Bob Bradley as Francesco Guidolin’s successor, Llorente has struggled to earn regular football.

The former Athletic Bilbao man was signed by the Italian but looked to be frozen out by Bradley after being omitted from the 18-man matchday squad for the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend.

However, Bradley confirmed in the week that Llorente still remained part of his plans, although he stressed the importance of stepping up in terms of performances.

The Spaniard was restricted to a place on the bench for Saturday’s home clash with Crystal Palace but he had a huge impact off the bench as he scored twice to help the Welsh club claim a dramatic 5-4 victory.

Llorente, who was linked with a move back to Italy after being dropped for the game at Goodison Park, insists he is determined to be a success in the Premier League and believes he can help the club to steer clear of relegation.

“I’m very happy here and I think I can help,” the World Cup winner told reporters. “It’s difficult because of the language. I’d like to speak better than I do now, and I need to continue to study. “These two goals are very important for me and my confidence and I feel good.”

Swansea’s victory on Saturday saw them climb off the foot of the Premier League table and they are priced at 2.25 to be relegated.

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