According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Luis Suarez is upset about the situation he is in at Barcelona, and is now planning to speak to the press. He was very close to signing with Atletico Madrid until president Josep Maria Bartomeu intervened.
Reportedly, Bartomeu called Gil Marin, Atletico’s CEO, and told him that Barça cannot let afford to lose Suárez on a free transfer. The player himself already has a verbal agreement with the Madrid based club, but he must still negotiate his exit from Barcelona.
Besides that, multiple reports claim that there has been fraud in Suarez’s process of obtaining his Italian passport while he was planning to complete a move to Juventus. According to Fabrizio Romano, Suárez does not speak a word of Italian and if journalists asked him a question, he would be lost.
However, The University of Perugia has released an official statement claiming that Suárez’s Italian language test was completely legal, and it will be proved at the end of the investigation.
Having said all, Suarez is clear about his decision. Either he wants to go to Atletico, or stay at Barça.
Sources: Sport, Fabrizio Romano
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.