By Aramide Oladipo
Fernando Llorente has revealed that he rejected a contract extension from Swansea City to complete a move to Tottenham in the summer.
The 32-year-old joined the North London club on the final day of the transfer window for a reported fee of £14million.
The centre-forward became the fifth new arrival at Spurs during the summer after Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and Paulo Gazzaniga completed deals with the club.
The Spaniard had enjoyed a fantastic debut campaign in England with the Swans last season, notching up 15 Premier League goals and helping the Welsh club to avoid relegation.
As quoted in Wales online, the striker admitted that Swansea had offered him a new deal to stay at the club but he revealed that he could not turn down the chance to play for Spurs.
“This was one possibility, but finally Tottenham made it possible for this (to happen),” he said when asked if Swansea had presented him with a new deal.
“I am happy to have come here, I think Spurs are one of the best clubs in the Premier League and I think we can be among the top teams this year but obviously we have to improve on this but it is a long season.”
The Spaniard has only made two substitute appearances for his new club in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund and the stalemate against Swansea on the weekend.
Llorente is likely to play second-fiddle behind Spurs talisman Harry Kane this season.
The striker will be hopeful that he can start as Tottenham welcome Barnsley to Wembley Stadium in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
In other Tottenham news, Eric Dier has offered a blunt appraisal of Spurs’ performance on Saturday.