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Did Tottenham just release Fernando Llorente?

Nothing official from the club, but it sure looks that way.

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This is the time of year when Premier League clubs release their “released/retained” list of players on the league’s website. Usually the names on that list are youth or academy players that the club no longer wants or who have decided to move on at the conclusion of their contracts.

That’s pretty much the case with Tottenham Hotspur’s list, though there’s one name on that list that might be a surprise a few readers — it certainly appears as though Fernando Llorente has been released by Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur Released Players

  • Duncan, Dylan
  • Freeman, Charlie
  • Glover, Thomas William
  • Llorente Torres, Fernando Javier
  • Ogilvie, Connor
  • Reynolds, Jamie Joe
  • Vorm, Michel

It’s important to note that, unlike with Michel Vorm, we haven’t yet gotten any confirmation from the club on Llorente’s departure. It shouldn’t be TOO much of a shock if he goes — he was signed on a two year deal which has now expired, and while there was talk of possibly extending his contract for another season, he’s also on £100k/week in wages, which is pretty high for a 34-year old striker at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Should we get official word from the club, we’ll update this article with the appropriate tweet.

As far as the other names, none of them should be particularly surprising. Connor Ogilvie has been perpetually out on loan including the past two seasons at League One side GIllingham — that appears to be his level. Tom Glover was highly regarded as a youth keeper but has also been out on loan back to his native Australia last season and to Helsingborg for a few months. He’s been eclipsed by Alfie Whiteman in the pecking order and it makes sense for him to move on.

Update: As noted in the comments, Spurs beat writer Alasdair Gold provided some context to the above story. It’s quite possible that Nando does leave this summer, but it’s not officially official quite yet.