Fernando Llorente shares how last-minute Pochettino phone call helped him snub Chelsea

TOPSHOT - Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L) vies with Borussia Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between...

Tottenham Hotspur snapped up Fernando Llorente from Swansea City on deadline day.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L) vies with Borussia Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham...Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L)

Tottenham new boy Fernando Llorente has told The Independent that a late phone call from Mauricio Pochettino helped him snub Chelsea for a move to North London.

Spurs completed two deals on transfer deadline day, as right back Serge Aurier arrived from Paris Saint-German, before Swansea City striker Llorente made the move to North London too.

Llorente, 32, penned a two-year deal with Spurs having hit 15 goals for Swansea last season, but he somewhat breaks the mould of the typical Tottenham signing under Mauricio Pochettino.

TOPSHOT - Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L) vies with Borussia Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between...Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L)

Whilst Spurs mostly sign young players with potential, Llorente arrives as a proven goalscorer edging towards the final stages of his career, offering guaranteed goals behind Harry Kane.

A proven winner who has won the World Cup, European Championships, Europa League and Serie A, Llorente's profile makes him something of a rare Spurs signing, and it's all the more surprising that he chose Spurs over Chelsea.

The Blues were vying for Llorente's signature, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte familiar with Llorente having managed him at Juventus – but the Spanish target man snubbed the chance to reunite at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on before the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on September 13,...

Now, Llorente has told The Independent that he did have interest from Chelsea, but a last-minute phone call from Spurs boss Pochettino helped him choose a move to Tottenham, claiming their project is 'impressive'.

Llorente added that Pochettino is 'very important', and told a story of how he actually played against the Spurs boss when Athletic Bilbao met Espanyol many, many years ago – and now he wants to repay the Tottenham manager's faith in him.

“The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works,” said Llorente. “At the very last minute Pochettino called me and convinced me [to join Tottenham]. The Tottenham project is impressive. They have done very well in the last few years and I think I fit very well with this project. I think I can help them a lot. I'm very happy because at the end everything came out perfect. Tottenham are an amazing club with a wonderful project and I think I fit in very well. I want to put my contribution on it and hopefully I can score many goals to help the club to achieve their targets.”

“Pochettino was someone very important, without doubt. I knew him from when I was in Spain. There, in what is a nice story, I made my debut against him [for Athletic Bilbao against Espanyol] at San Mames. He was at the end of his career and I was at the start of mine. Later, he was manager of Espanyol and I was an Athletic player, and we competed against each other various other times. Now I'm at his service for Spurs, and I really want to give him my best,”he added.

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