Spain striker Fernando Llorente won't renew Athletic Bilbao contract


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Star striker Fernando Llorente has told Athletic Bilbao he will not be signing a new contract with the Primera Division side, club president Josu Urrutia has revealed.

The 27-year-old Llorente's current contract with Athletic runs out in June 2013 and Urrutia said he was informed last week by the player's representatives that the Spain international had decided he would not be renewing his deal.

"I conveyed my disappointment but they told me the decision was final," said Urrutia.

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta confirmed their interest in Llorente yesterday, telling Tuttosport: "We are negotiating to bring Llorente here, but it's not an easy process because Athletic don't want to sell him."