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Juve Say Llorente Stays

Juventus have downplayed reports that Fernando Llorente could be sold.

The Spanish striker joined The Old Lady on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao this season, but he has featured just once as a substitute so far.

Recent speculation has linked Llorente to a move away from Turin, with clubs in England and Spain said to be monitoring his situation.

But Juve insist that 28-year-old Llorente has a future at the club, even if he has not started his career there in the first XI.

"There is no Llorente problem. Don't forget that he didn't play that regularly last season," Juve director general Beppe Marotta said.

"When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we're evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.

"We believe in him and it is too early to judge."

Meanwhile, Marotta has confirmed that Juve are considering a contract extension for iconic Italian international playmaker, Andrea Pirlo.

"He's doing really good things. He's feeling really good with us and in the right moment we will meet to take the best decision for both sides", Marotta told Sky Italia of 34-year-old Pirlo.

"I think he could continue with us. But a lot will be up to him and the plans he has for his future."

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