Llorente out to earn new Tottenham contract

Fernando Llorente wants to earn a new Tottenham Hotspur contract, per Talksport.

The striker has been deputising for Harry Kane in recent games and hopes to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.

What’s the word?

Llorente has been thrown in at the deep end by Mauricio Pochettino after Kane sustained an ankle injury, per BBC.

The Spanish striker has played 90 minutes in the club’s last two Premier League matches and scored a late winner as Spurs beat Watford in midweek.

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Llorente was on target when Spurs lost to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, too, and looks set to continue in his striking role against Newcastle United on Saturday.

The 33-year-old has six months left on his current deal but is keen to stay in north London and, per the aforementioned report, is hoping to prove his worth to manager Pochettino in the coming months.

If he is unable to earn a new deal, TalkSport claim that clubs in Turkey and China have registered their interest in signing the forward this summer.

A worthy back-up

Llorente simply never gives up

He missed two gilt-edged opportunities in the midweek win over Watford but kept going and eventually headed home the winner in the dying minutes.

That kind of attitude will endear him to Pochettino, with whom he shared an embrace after sealing the three points.

Spurs have gone two transfer windows without adding a new player and they could do worse than keeping Llorente around.

Of course, the club will hope Kane is able to remain fit but, in terms of cup competitions, Llorente is a perfectly serviceable deputy, particularly with chairman Daniel Levy unlikely to want to spend big when he doesn’t have to.