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Fernando Llorente has revealed he actually snubbed Chelsea for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.
The Spaniard joined Spurs on deadline day, amid reports that Conte desperately wanted him as back up to Morata.
It was later thought that the Blues didn’t table any concrete offer for the striker which left him with no option but to join Spurs.
Llorente has now revealed that indeed Chelsea were interested in signing him but a phone call from Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to choose White Hart Lane.
Speaking in a recent interview, Llorente explained : “The truth is 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 join 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.”
Perhaps Chelsea were actually interested in signing him but missed out on the striker because of hesitation on our part.
This reminds me of the Barkley’s move to Chelsea, which broke down because he couldn’t speak with Conte.
Chelsea left Conte out of transfers and that came back to bite the club. Had Conte got the opportunity to speak to some of our targets, I am sure we would have signed some of them.
While I don’t encourage players wanting to speak with the manager before they join a club, I think it’s becoming a norm in transfers negotiations and it’s becoming necessary for Chelsea to adapt if it wants to stop losing its targets to rival clubs.