Fernando Llorente has defined his first campaign in the Juventus shirt as “incredible”.
In a special treat for Juventus’ ever-growing population of Spanish-speaking fans, the Pamplona-born striker linked up live with four South American fans this afternoon for a live Google Hangout on the club’s Google+ page.
And the 29-year-old had nothing but praise for the welcome those very supporters gave him on his arrival in Turin, his team-mates and the great successes of the 2013/14 campaign.
Starting by assessing his first season in the black and white stripes, Llorente began: “It’s been absolutely incredible. I’ve felt very privileged to be part of a truly great club known throughout the world like Juve, and winning a Scudetto in the first year – breaking records in the process – has made me very happy for how the campaign has gone.”
The next topic the fans from Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Ecuador were keen to discuss was fellow South American Arturo Vidal, and Llorente confirmed that his team-mate is a Guerrero through and through.
“He’s a warrior on and off the field. He’s one of the most important players we have, and the number of goals he scores is part of the crucial contribution he provides.”
The hangout took place at the Balocco circuit where Llorente had been a guest of the club’s official sponsor Jeep, testing out the off-road capabilities of a car which showed just the same fighting spirit as Vidal.
“I drive a Jeep Gran Cherokee and it’s phenomenal. I’ve been really pleased with it in my first year, it’s an excellent car.”
The Spanish striker then went on to offer some advice for youngsters looking to emulate his rise to the top.
“You have to make sacrifices and apply yourself, spending a lot of time playing and practicing, improving day by day. But the important thing as a boy is to enjoy it, and if you’re lucky enough to join a club that nourishes that passion then you’ve got every chance of making it to the first team.
“I always wanted to be a footballer. At 11 I joined Athletic Bilbao and from that point on it was my dream to become a professional. At 19, the chance came my way and I seized it. It’s not always been easy, but now I’m at Juventus and happy to be at one of the best clubs in the world!”
A large part of why Llorente holds Juventus in such high regard is its fans, who he concluded by thanking with the bottom of his heart.
“All around the world there are so many supporters who unite to experience marvellous moments. That’s the beautiful thing about football: it can move mountains.
“The Bianconeri fans are incredible. They spur you on in every game always, and when I arrived in Turin they welcomed me with chants straight away! It gives you the strength to keep on battling.”