Summer signing Fernando Llorente has been told he is still wanted by Swansea, despite being left out of the squad to face Everton last weekend.
“Fernando has a future here, he is a good man,” said Swans boss Bob Bradley today.
“I had a very good conversation with Fernando when I told him he would not be in the squad for the Everton game.
“Before he arrived he’d had a stretch of injuries. He got here, he’s had some little knocks and I just told him. I’ve watched him plenty.
“I felt we’d made strides with him physically but he still wasn’t where he needed to be.
“I felt his response to all that was playing with a little less mobility, and I think Fernando’s best games in the past have not been about him being a target man.
“I felt that specifically against Stoke and Man Utd. I felt as a team, we didn’t do a good job of how we used Fernando – and I don’t think Fernando did a good enough job of moving in those games, of challenging defenders with his movement.
There’s still a higher level to come from him.”
Bradley also addressed the comments of Llorente’s brother, admitting he is not happy to see agents weighing in to club matters but believes his words had been “twisted”
“It does annoy me when agents speak out about players, but without having been there, I can’t really tell you (what was said),” said Bradley.
“I do have one-on-ones with the players where I say to them the door is always open and it’s important your agent can give me a call.
“But, it’s a player’s responsibility to control the agent. An agent is still working for the player. I’ve told many players over the years that’s their responsibility.
“It’s already gone on between Pep Guardiola and Yaya Toure’s agent. Look, it’s an easy thing to be strong in this situation but, in this case, I thought it got twisted.”