Fernando Llorente has not had the best start to his long anticipated Juventus career.
Having been announced as a Bosman signing as far back as January from Athletic Bilbao, a frustrating 2012/13 season in La Liga for him in terms of form has not picked up at his new side.
Already rumours have sprung up speculating that he could be sold as soon as January, with former suitors Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all linked with the 28-year-old.
It is perhaps harsh on him, considering in three games he has only been picked to play one minute of Serie A action, a late substitute in the club's opener against Sampdoria, and has been sat twiddling his thumbs on the bench ever since.
And then it got worse.
An alleged statement appeared in the European press claiming strike partner Carlos Tevez labelled the Spaniard as 'useless', and 'more suited for basketball.'
Followers of the Premier League know all about the controversy which follows Carlos Tevez around, but one thing he has not done is bad-mouth a current teammate. (A former one perhaps, see his comments on Gary Neville after moving to City).
But this evening the Argentine has moved to deny the comments, using his Twitter feed to do so:
I want to explain I haven t said anything bad about Fernando, in fact I believe he is a great player and he will be a key player for us!— Carlitos Tevez (@carlitos3210) September 18, 2013
We'll give Tevez the benefit of the doubt on this one, he has nothing to gain and everything to lose from making such a statement, but perhaps given his chequered history - we wouldn't advise putting your mortgage on it.
Why does trouble tend to follow Tevez around?
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