Chelsea’s hopes of signing Swansea City centre-forward Fernando Llorente have been dealt a huge blow after the Welsh club’s head-coach Paul Clement said he’s confident the striker will stay at Liberty Stadium.
The former Atletic Bilbao forward has been heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea in the recent months.
Conte has worked with the Spanish striker during their time at Juventus and is believed to be keen on to being reunited wit with at Stamford Bridge.
The 32-year-old forward has scored 15 goals for Swansea City and helped them to remain in the English top-tier.
And Swansea City head-coach Clement is confident that Spanish forward will remain at Livery Stadium despite interest from Premier League’s defending champions.
‘He’s got a year to go on his deal and we’d like him to stay for this year and longer,’ said Clement.
‘He’s a really good player, and it’s a shame with the injury he got in the summer – it’s a freak one. He did finish off the season strongly. His goals were vital, and we want to have him as an option. When he’s fit, to have him, Tammy [Abraham] and Jordan [Ayew] available is a good thing for me.’
Clement added: ‘I’m confident [he will stay] because of the conversations I’ve had with Fernando.
‘He’s happy here, he likes the work we’re doing, and he likes the way we play. I’m confident he will be here.’
Chelsea have signed Llorente’s compatriot Alvaro Morata in a £60million deal from Real Madrid and Michy Batshuayi has been an only backup option for Spaniard while Diego Costa is likely to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.