Luis Suarez has offered kind regards to Barcelona and the club supporters after completing a shock transfer to Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez left Barcelona after six years of service to team up with their fierce LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
After being deemed surplus to requirements by the new manager Ronald Koeman, the experienced forward was allowed to swap allegiances in a deal worth a mere €6m in variables.
The 33-year-old has signed a two-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano and will replace Alvaro Morata, who has returned to Juventus.
Suarez, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2014-15, has bid an emotional farewell to the fans.
“Hello, to all ‘culers.’ I wanted to say goodbye to all of you,” he said in a video [via BarcaBlaguranes].
“This isn’t a ‘goodbye forever,’ but rather a ‘see you later,’ because for sure, I will return to the club at some point.
“This club has given me everything, and I’ll never forget all the great moments I’ve had.
“So, thank you to all of you. A big hug for all of you. Always remember it. Visca el Barca. Onward and upward.”
During his trophy-laden stint at Camp Nou, Suarez racked up a whopping 195 goals and 113 assists in 283 appearances for the Blaugrana.
Despite entering the autumn of his professional footballer’s career, the Uruguayan star has no doubts about his abilities to perform at the highest level.
Before securing a transfer to Madrid, Suarez was on the verge of joining Juventus. But, he reportedly cheated on a language test, which resulted in a deal being canceled off.