Fernando Llorente revealed he is enjoying “one of the best moments of his career” during this evening’s live 30-minute video chat with subscribers to the Juventus Member fan community.
The 28-year-old, who took his seasonal tally of Serie A goals to nine with last weekend’s precious equaliser against Lazio, began by recounting his initial impressions of life at Juventus Football Club, starting with his very first day in Turin.
Llorente said: “I knew I had joined a truly great team. The fans gave me a fantastic welcome and it’s wonderful hearing them driving the team on.
“At first it was a new way of working for me and I needed a bit of time, but gradually you get used to it, improve and get on the same wavelength as your team-mates.
“It was an important change for me, leaving my home country and coming to a new city and new environment. Now I’m enjoying one of the best moments of my career.”
When asked who has been the biggest influence during his career to date, Llorente didn’t hesitate in paying tribute to the impact of his brother, Jesus, in helping him reach the very top of his profession.
“He’s always been alongside me, ever since I started to think about football as a serious career option. He’s followed me consistently and sometimes we even got into arguments because he constantly pushed me to keep improving.”
As far as football influences are concerned, the Spanish international confirmed his admiration for Barcelona and the lethal strikers in whose footsteps he aimed to follow.
“I followed Cruyff’s Barcelona side and I really liked Laudrup, but also Romario and Ronaldo. I spent all day outside playing football, looking to copy them and improve.
“I haven’t always been a striker though, I played five-a-side when I was seven years old and filled every position. I was given a defined role when I joined Atletico Bilbao’s youth academy.”