squad | 2016-12-16
Luis Suárez renews with Barcelona until 2021
The Uruguayan forward says he’s overjoyed about staying in the club for four more campaigns
FC Barcelona and Luis Suárez have reached an agreement to extend his contract until the 2020/21 season. The new deal will be signed this Friday and will set the Uruguayan’s buy-out clause at 200 million euros.
Suárez stated that he felt “overjoyed about being where I want to be. I feel very happy. It was the decision that we all wanted, both the club and me, we have a great relationship. Any player would want to end their career at a club where they feel comfortable. We’ll have to see, but I will never lose either my ambition or my enthusiasm. I want to fulfill this contract and then see what’s my physical state”.
Luisito arrived from Liverpool in the summer of 2014 and although he couldn’t play from the get-go and took his time to integrate to Barça’s gear, he has scored 97 goals in 116 matches donning the Blaugrana jersey and winning eight major titles so far: two league titles, two Copas del Rey, a Champions League, a Spanish Super Cup, a European Super Cup and a FIFA World Club Cup.
Suárez also commented about his teammate Leo Messi who was placed second in the Ballon d’Or voting: “Everyone has their own criteria but as far as I’m concerned, Leo deserves to win it every year because of what he gives to football. He’s the best.”
Asked about how Neymar’s renewal and his can influence Lionel Messi’s contract negotiations, he said: “I don’t think my renewal and Neymar’s are a message to Leo. I believe it’s just about the club’s commitment to keep fighting for important things. They are happy with our work. The happiness would be complete if Leo could renew. Messi is an adult, he now knows what he has to do, I’m just another teammate but he knows best what he must do. As a friend, I’d love it if he could continue but ultimately it’s his choice”, he concluded.
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WRITTEN BY: Jaime Ibarra
Jaime is a chemical engineer from Venezuela who is passionate about football and Barça. He loves the club’s history and he has been an unconditional fan since Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” amazed the world with the Blaugrana colors.