Luis Suarez: Atletico Madrid announce signing of Uruguayan star on 2-year contract
- Luis Suarez won 13 major titles during his six-year spell at Spanish club Barcelona
- The 33-year-old Uruguayan international was told his services were no longer needed at the club
- Suarez has formerly joined rivals Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal
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Luis Suarez has officially joined Spanish club Atletico Madrid after the Uruguayan star was told by new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman than he is not in his plans.
Koeman replaced sacked manager Quique Setién and he has been mandated by the club owners to ensure the club’s wage bill is reduced - and some players will need to leave.
Despite Suarez scoring at least 20 goals for the club in each of his six seasons since his arrival, the former Liverpool striker had his contract terminated at the Catalan club.
Koeman placed a less than 60 seconds call to notify the 33-year-old that his services were no longer needed.
Suarez who was linked with several clubs earlier lamented the spate at which affairs of the club were being run and had told the club to let him know his fate.
He was heavily linked with Italian champions Juventus, but a late twist has seen Atletico snap-up the star and the Barcelona rivals are quick to unveil him.
Diego Simeone will be delighted to have Suarez at the Rojiblancos as the player officially signs a two-year contract that will see him remain at the club until 2022.
Suarez leaves Barcelona as the club’s third all-time record goalscorer having helped the club secure 13 titles during his time with the Blaugrana.
His exit is coming barely 24 hours that Nelson Semedo officially joined English Premier League club Wolves as he becomes the third Barcelona star that have been sold by new manager Ronald Koeman.
The Portuguese defender who joined the Spanish club earlier announced his departure after spending three years with the Camp Nou outfit.
He has officially signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League and the transfer fee is believed to be £35million to become the ninth Portuguese player to join ever play at the club.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that it remains a busy transfer period as Alvaro Morata has returned to Italy to join reigning Serie A champions Juventus on a one-year loan deal as the contract also has the option of making the move permanent.
The Spanish footballer who has played for several top clubs in Europe in recent years is returning to Italy where he had one of the biggest moments of his career.
Morata was on the books of Atletico Madrid, having joined Diego Simeone's side from Chelsea in January 2019 - on an initial loan deal that was made permanent in July this year - but with Luis Suarez being linked with a move to the Rojiblancos, Morata has now left for Turin.
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