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Llorente wants to remain with Swansea after settling thriller

Swansea City 5 Crystal Palace 4

By Phil Blanche

Fernando Llorente is determined to stay at Swansea after deciding the craziest Premier League game of the season.

Spanish striker Llorente came off the bench against Crystal Palace to score twice in injury-time and secure an incredible 5-4 win to pile the pressure on under-fire Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

Yet just seven days earlier, Llorente had failed to make the 18-man matchday squad for the 1-1 draw at Everton.

Llorente had only scored once in 10 games following his £5m summer move from Sevilla -and Swansea boss Bob Bradley warned the 31-year-old World Cup winner that he had to find extra mobility in his game.

"I'm very happy here and I think I can help," said former Juventus striker Llorente, who was immediately linked with a return to Italy after being dropped at Goodison Park. "It's difficult because of the language. I'd like to speak better than I do now, and I need to continue to study.

"These two goals are very important for me and my confidence and I feel good."

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stunning free-kick to cancel out Wilfried Zaha's strike before Llorente's first touch set up the first of two Leroy Fer goals.

But Palace scored three times between the 75th and 84th minutes - through James Tomkins, a Jack Cork own goal and Christian Benteke - before Llorente condemned them to a sixth straight defeat.

"I've never had a game like this," Llorente said. "One time it was 3-0 in the first half and ended 4-3, but this was crazy.

"After this, I think the team will grow up a lot because this team needs confidence."

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