Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente to discuss transfer options in January

Fernando Llorente: The Spain striker has been linked with Juventus and several Premier League clubs

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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente feels more comfortable after a 'hard' summer but has implied he will still look to leave the club in January.

The Spain international was linked with a summer move away from San Mames after making it clear he was not going to sign an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Llorente was reportedly a target of Juventus, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and his apparent lack of commitment saw him axed from Athletic's team.

The forward made a goalscoring return to the side in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Espanyol and he feels 'happy' but he will also be able to hold talks with other clubs in the New Year.

"In January, I am free to negotiate my future," he told Radio Cadena Ser. "But I want to be focused to try to help the team."

He added: "It has been a bumpy and hard summer. I've had to make tough decisions. You never know how things are going and I had to go through difficult times.

"When you pass bad times, you get stronger and I'm happy things are calmer."