The 31-year-old striker reveals his club stopped his transfer to Chelsea

Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente admits that his club put a stop to his potential transfer move to Chelsea during the January transfer window.

The Spain international was reportedly on Antonio Conte’s transfer shortlist as the Italian manager looked to bolster his attacking options ahead of his squad’s push for the Premier League title.

The 31-year-old striker, who has managed to score eight goals in 19 Premier League matches this term, was wanted on loan but the former Juventus and Athletic Bilbao man has revealed that a switch to west London was always difficult.

During his interview, Fernando Llorente spoke about the collapsed transfer move to Chelsea. He said: ‘I already know Conte from Juventus.

‘But it’s difficult in the winter when there’s a way out from a side you’re playing for and it’s normal that they didn’t go ahead with the deal.

‘I’m very focused on the team and am looking forward to helping save us from relegation.

‘The last few games I’ve been happy with as we’ve gotten away from the bottom. It will be a very tough fight, though, and we hope to get further ahead when we face Leicester in a final next Sunday.’