May 10, 2021

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Diego Llorente comments on Leeds’ ambition amid exit reports

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has been brilliant in recent matches after returning from a long injury absence.

The 27-year-old has been called up by Spain for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

The Spaniard suffered a muscle injury the last time he was called up for international service and was out of action for nearly three months.

It was a tough season for him but he’s now starting to show why the club is spending so much on him during the summer.

“It’s something that I have accepted with great pride, it’s a real honor and something I’m very happy to be called,” Llorente told BBC Radio Leeds (via Leeds Live).

“It’s an important appreciation for your hard work but at the same time, my goal is to keep bringing things to Leeds, help Leeds out, and if that leads to international recognition, that’s great.

“The main goal is to work hard and introduce my ability to Leeds.”

Llorente, who earns £ 22,000 a week at Island Road, has started four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since his return to play against Southampton.

He has now been called up by Spain coach Luis Enrique before three World Cup qualifying matches – against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo.

Leeds fans will love the fact that the center back has absolutely no intention of going anywhere.

Earlier this week, Spanish outlet El Gol Digital reported that Llorente is keen to leave Elland Road. It appears he wants to return to Spain due to the lack of match time.

Not only did Llorente suppress the rumors, the center back reassured the fans that his “main goal” remains to do well for Leeds.

In other news, Marcelo Bielsa delivered the latest team news update before Leeds’ Premier League clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage.