Barcelona star striker Luis Suarez has agreed terms to a new deal with the Blaugrana that will keep him at Camp Nou until 2021, the club announced on social media platform Twitter on Thursday.
Luis Suarez signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with defending La Liga champions Barcelona, after renegotiating terms on his current deal that was to run out in 2019. His buyout clause has been set at €200m.
The Blaugrana had been keen to retain the services of Luis Suarez keeping in mind his exemplary form in front of goal as well as recent speculation that had linked the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City with a shock move for the Uruguayan.
Barcelona signed Suarez from English giants Liverpool in the summer of 2014, after the star Uruguay international had nearly led the Merseyside club to their first ever Premier League title. Liverpool missed out to Manchester City by a couple of points, and Suarez moved to the Catalan club for a reported £65 million.
Ever since the move to Camp Nou, Suarez has looked imperious and has been hailed as one of the best strikers in world football, scoring 97 goals in 116 appearances at an impressive average of 0.8 goals per game for Barcelona. The Uruguayan has formed the forward trio MSN with superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar, with the South Americans among the most feared attackers in the world.
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Speaking after extending his contract, Suarez had this to say to the press – “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.”
The move to Catalunya has been highly successful for Suarez on different levels, as he has already won eight trophies at Barcelona, including back-to-back La Liga and Copa del Rey titles, alongside the 2015 UEFA Champions League triumph.
Last season, he was the top scorer in the Spanish league, scoring 40 goals in La Liga ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Messi, which saw him win the Pichichi award as well as the European Golden Boot.
The move to tie Suarez till he’s 34 will be seen as a huge positive for Barcelona who, along with Messi and Neymar, is crucial to the fortunes of the club. With Barcelona six points behind Real Madrid in the La Liga table, his form will go a long way in determining whether or not they win a third league title on the bounce.