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Swansea boss desperate to keep hold of Llorente

Llorente scored two at Anfield to secure his side's win. Credit: PA

Swansea manager Paul Clement is determined to hang on to striker Fernando Llorente as he believes he is crucial to their survival battle.

The Spaniard is a reported target for Chelsea but after two goals in the shock 3-2 win at Liverpool, taking his tally to seven in the last 10 league games, Clement has no intention of letting him leave.

"He played very well today. Am I afraid to lose him? I want to keep him here and the reason I want to keep him here is what he showed today," he said.

"I think his performance was very good. The first time I was involved in this team was Crystal Palace and he showed all the qualities he had in that game.

"If you get the right kind of service into him he is a goalscorer but you have to give him service."

Three points at Anfield was a huge boost for the Swans, who began the day bottom of the league but only one point from safety, and Clement insists they will not throw in the towel in their quest to retain top-flight status.

"I think the mindset in the group, since I've been in, is anything is possible," he added.

Nice forward Mario Balotelli makes Bastia racial abuse claim

Mario Balotelli. Credit: PA

Nice striker Mario Balotelli claims he was racially abused during Friday night's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw at Bastia.

The 26-year-old Italy forward, who moved to the Cote d'Azur from Liverpool last summer, took to Instagram on Saturday morning to say he was subjected to "monkey noise" throughout the encounter.

He posted a plain black image alongside the message: "Yesterday the result against Bastia was right.. we will work more and try to get our objective.. the referee was good too, but I have a question for French people..

"Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise 'uh uh' for the whole game and no one of the 'commissions discipline' say nothing? So is racism LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia?

"Football is an amazing sport.. those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible!"

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