By Jack Cunningham

13th Oct, 2021 | 6:45pm

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente discusses his ambitions for the season

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente believes that he is over the fitness problems that plagued him last season and just wants to stay fit this year.

Speaking to Adam Pope on the BBC, the Spaniard revealed his thoughts on Leeds and how his family have settled in, but it is clear that he just wants to avoid injuries.

Last season, Llorente only made 15 appearances for the Whites due to various injuries, but when he played, he made a huge difference, and we hope he can stay fit.

He said: “I think [from] a physical point of view, I am better than last season because I know [my] body better.

“I [learned] a lot from these injuries last season. I know when I can push a little bit.

“My principal goal is to stay fit and help the team [in] more games.”

Very basic but understandable goal.

There is no question that Leeds are a better side with Llorente in the team.

In the 13 matches he played near the end of the season, they only conceded ten goals, while his return before the international break led to their first league win.

This was because he scored the only goal and also helped to keep a much-needed clean sheet.

So, you can see why Leeds need Llorente to stay fit, and it is clear that is all he wants as well, which is quite a simple aim, but given last season, it is totally understandable.

We hope that the Spanish international can maintain his fitness and help the Whites climb back up that Premier League table, and forget about any potential relegation battle.

This is actually a really good interview with Llorente, and we recommend any Leeds fan to take some time out of their day to have a listen to the centre-back.

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