"Lion King" Llorente wants to be a roaring success
5th August 2016
Swansea City's "Lion King" is determined to be a roaring success at his new club, with Fernando Llorente wanting to emulate Michu's success at the Liberty.
The 31-year-old striker - a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain - joined the Swans today on a two-year deal from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee.
His nickname - translated from El Rey León - comes from his time playing at the San Mames for Athletic Bilbao, who are known as the lions.
The former Juventus forward could make his first appearance for his new club as early as tomorrow (Saturday) when the Swans host French side Stade Rennais in their final friendly before the Premier League season kicks off.
And he insists he's determined to make a similar impact to that of fellow countryman Michu, who struck 22 goals in 43 games during his debut season in SA1, which included scoring the second goal in the Capital One Cup final win over Bradford City at Wembley.
"I am very happy to join Swansea," said Llorente, who will wear squad number nine.
"I have scored goals in La Liga and Serie A, and now I want to score a lot of goals for the club in the Premier League.
"I want to score a lot of goals like Michu. He is a very good player and he did very well here."
Llorente, who speaks fluent Italian from his time at Juventus, is also looking forward to working under manager Francesco Guidolin.
The striker scored on both occasions when Juventus faced Guidolin's Udinese during the 2013-14 campaign.
And he's excited to be linking up with the Swans boss for the new campaign.
"He is a very good trainer and I am very happy to be working with him," he added.
"I know him from my time playing in Italy. He is very experienced and has done really well at the clubs he has managed.
"I'm looking forward to playing for him."
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