By Chris Wright
There was a time, not so very long ago, when Fernando Llorente could do no wrong at Athletic Bilbao. Such was his godliness, Llorente could’ve skinned and butchered a live, orphaned kitten in the middle of the San Mames pitch before every match and the good people of Bilbao would’ve probably complimented him on his imperious knife skills.
Sadly for him, those days are now gone. After a turbulent few months regarding his future at the club, the relationship between Llorente and his coach, Marcelo Bielsa is pretty much a non-entity, with reports of in-fighting and squabbles now an almost weekly occurrence – the latest installment coming but yesterday morning.
Already out of favour, on the bench and forced to train with the Bilbao reserve and youth strings, Llorente walked out of Monday morning’s training session at Lezama after another ‘heated debate’ with Bielsa.