Luis Suarez ends Liverpool transfer return rumours with firm Atletico Madrid statement

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Luis Suarez has killed off any speculation of a fanciful Liverpool return in this summer’s transfer window by insisting he’s “sure” he’ll stay at Atletico Madrid next season.

The 34-year-old helped fire Atletico to a first La Liga title in seven years on Saturday by scoring in the final-day win over Real Valladolid.

Suarez scored vital goals in both of the Madrid outfit’s final two league games to help them end two points clear of neighbours and bitter rivals Real Madrid.

The former Ajax and Liverpool frontman only joined on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer after being told by Ronald Koeman he was surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

But the Uruguayan got the last laugh with 21 goals and three assists in 32 La Liga outings to fire Atletico to glory, with Barca finishing third and seven points behind.

Reports had claimed back in April that despite Suarez’s success in the capital of Spain, he could return to Liverpool.

The striker spent three-and-a-half years on Merseyside before joining Barcelona in 2014, having supplied 82 goals and 47 assists in 133 games for the Reds.

It was said that Suarez was seen as an ideal option to come in if Real Madrid-linked Mohamed Salah departed Anfield in the upcoming window.

But the South American, who is thought to have a clause in his contract which allows him to leave for free should he wish to, has firmly shut down any such suggestion he will leave the Wanda Metropolitano.

“Yes, I’m sure [I’ll stay],” Suarez told Spanish TV network Movistar Plus.

“Atletico welcomed me from the minute I arrived. I asked the club if there was room for me on the museum wall to make history at Atletico.”

Suarez is under contract until the summer of 2022 at Atletico and club president Enrique Cerezo made it clear recently that the decision on the player’s future lies with Suarez himself.

“Luis Suarez is magnificent, wonderful, an excellent person,” Cerezo told Movistar, with it almost certain the frontman will continue to don red and white stripes for at least another year.

“He has shown it on the pitch and after the game with those tears and that emotion that he has shown for all Spaniards and the world.

“He is a great player, a great person and a magnificent goalscorer. If you ask me about his renewal, I tell you that [his contract is] renewed and it only depends on him if he wants to continue or not, and I think he will have no doubts.”

An emotional Suarez meanwhile took shots at Barcelona for the bitter nature of his exit last summer after helping Atletico win the league.

“This has been a hard season for the situation I had to go through, starting the season the way it did, being disrespected [by Barcelona] and having Atletico open its doors to me,” Suarez said.

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“I will always be thankful to this great club for that. I have been in soccer for many years and I think this has been the most difficult year for me.

“Atletico have had an incredible season despite all the difficulties we’ve had. We’ve been the most consistent team and we are champions.

“Our first half of the season wasn’t normal and neither was the slump we had.”

Liverpool will meanwhile join newly-crowned Spanish champions Atletico in next season’s Champions League after sealing a third-placed finish in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.

The Reds bode farewell to midfielder Gini Wijnaldum who could join Suarez in Spain with it expected he will link up with Koeman and Barca on a free transfer.

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