While it was known that Luis Suarez would not continue with Atletico Madrid beyond summer, any idea of moving to the Major League Soccer (MLS) has taken a back seat since Premier League side Aston Villa has emerged as a surprise candidate.
As relayed by Birmingham Mail, Suarez has indeed admitted that he would want to play in the United States in the latter part of his career, but he is also willing to welcome the idea of moving back to the English Premier League.
All this because he has a great relationship with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, having played together at Liverpool. Furthermore, with Philippe Coutinho’s move proving out to be successful enough, he could actually give a thought to joining Villa.
Now, it is no secret that he has attracted interest from the MLS. There are even claims that David Beckham’s Inter Miami could approach him once, but Villa have the ball in their court.
One, because of his good friendship with Steve Gerard, and two because the team has done well under the former Liverpool captain and are tipped for greater goods next season.
On top of that, Gerrard has already flirted with the idea by mentioning his name in an interview. Speaking to Garry Neville on ‘The Overlap’, he said that Suarez is the best player he played with at Liverpool.
“I’d say Suarez [is the best player] just because he had everything and I mean, how long have you got to describe him?” said Gerrard.
Suarez has played a total of 1,641 minutes in the league this season, translating to an average of 54.7 minutes per game. Relatively shorter game time, however, has not hindered his goal-scoring prowess much as he has already netted 11 times so far.
But with the age now catching up, maybe it’s time for him to move on.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo