Suarez close to new Barca deal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

LUIS Suarez has con­firmed he is close to agree­ing a new con­tract with Barcelona, amid grow­ing re­ports in Spain he will sign a five-year deal af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break.

Mundo De­portivo re­ported this week that Suarez, 29, will be­come the lat­est in a string of Barca play­ers to com­mit their fu­ture to the club by sign­ing a con­tract un­til 2021 be­fore the end of the Novem­ber.

And Suarez, who said last month he would like to re­tire at the Camp Nou, re­vealed at the Uruguay camp ahead of a World Cup qual­i­fier against Ecuador that ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing and he ex­pects things to be tied up soon.

“Ev­ery­thing is on the right path,” he said of agent Pere Guardi­ola’s dis­cus­sions with Barca. “We’re fi­nal­is­ing the talks. I’m at the club I al­ways wanted to be at.”

Ney­mar, Javier Mascher­ano and Ser­gio Bus­quets have all penned new terms this sea­son and Barca pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu had con­firmed Suarez was next in line to re­new.

The striker’s cur­rent deal is due to ex­pire in 2019 and the club are keen to tie him down un­til he is 34 to ward off in­ter­est from the Premier League.

Bar­tomeu has knocked back re­ports of Suarez mov­ing to Manch­ester United and Barca are keen to im­prove his salary to re­flect his per­for­mances since join­ing from Live­pool in 2014 for €80 mil­lion.

His to­tal of 40 goals was the high­est in La Liga last sea­son as he be­came the first per­son other than Lionel Messi or Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to win the Pichichi award since his com­pa­triot Diego For­lan in 2009.

As well as Suarez, Barca are plan­ning to of­fer new con­tracts to Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen and An­dres Ini­esta in the near fu­ture.— ESPNFC.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.