Athletic Bilbao are confident of tying Fernando Llorente to a new contract.
The Spanish international has just eighteen months left on his existing contract with the La Liga club, and Chelsea are thought to have identified him as a potential successor to Didier Drogba.
However, Bilbao are determined to keep Llorente at the San Mames for the long-term, and they have revealed they are confident the 26-year-old striker will sign a new deal.
"We are very confident that Llorente stays with us," said sporting director Jose Maria Amorrortu. "He is a very important player. We are working on its continuity, but we have not gone any further.
"I'm optimistic. Fernando has been here for 11 years. This club is a club of values and Fernando knows this. We must transmit values and reinforce them because they are what make us different."
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