Luis Suarez has spoken during his farewell ceremony at Barcelona. The Uruguayan got emotional while reviving his old moments, and thanking Culés for their endless support.
“It’s difficult to leave. I have nothing prepared for today. I can only thank the Club for having trusted me knowing where I came from for a mistake I had made. (referring to the bite incident)
“I’m very proud of everything I’ve done here. Thanks to all the fans who have supported me during my stage here. I leave many friends here. It’s not just a player who leaves, a human being who has feelings is leaving.
“I’m aware that we’re at the end of an era that I should be very proud of. Coming here was a dream come true. I didn’t even imagine reaching these statistics. I can leave proud and satisfied after these six years.Luis Suarez (live via BarçaTV)
Suarez added that Ronald Koeman does not count on the 33-year-old, and that he is joining Atletico Madrid to prove that he can still compete on the highest level.
“The club needed changes and the coach didn’t count on me. I want to show that I can continue to perform at a high level.Luis Suarez (live via BarçaTV)
“I’m joining Atlético Madrid with a lot of excitement, but I still haven’t thought about what it will be like to play against Barça. I haven’t fully digested it yet.
“I’ve spoken to Griezmann and Godín, who have a past at Atlético Madrid.
Even though it was expected that Suarez might speak against the Barcelona board, he avoided criticism.
Suarez had a legendary 6 seasons at the club, in which the Uruguayan became the club’s third top-scorer in history, and won 16 total collective and individual trophies.
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.