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€20m Arsenal target: I never even thought about it

Arsenal target Fernando Llorente has dismissed talk of a January transfer.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Fernando Llorente in recent weeks, with the Juventus striker taking a little time to adjust to life in Italy.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport even claimed last week the Gunners had faxed a €20 million offer for the Spaniard, which was promptly turned down.

The Mail even confidently reported this week it was a case of 'when rather than if', in terms of the transfer pursuit.

That certainly now looks to be a false prophecy in light of comments made by the striker this morning to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He said: "What happened is that the normal problems of acclimatisation due to the change of country, friends, team and city and the added workloads that in my life I had never experienced. I felt strong but my body was not used to working so much and at one point in the United States I felt empty, completely drained.

"And if the body does not work, also the head starts to sweat. And I began to have doubts. On the my choice on me on everything.

"I had doubts, but I never got to think of leaving Turin as early as January. I struggled and worked hard, work always pays off."

Having taken his time to get going, Llorente is back in the mood. He scored in consecutive Champions League games against Real Madrid, and a crunch Serie A fixture against Napoli.

Now firing he has made his way back into the Spanish international squad, and loving life at Juventus. With his comments that he never thought of leaving in January, even despite his doubts, should end hopes Arsenal have of snapping him up.

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