Luis Suárez signs for two seasons at Atlético Madrid

Madrid, Sep 25 (efe-epa).- Luis Suárez on Friday signed a two-season contract with Atlético Madrid after completing his medical in the Spanish capital.

The Uruguayan forward arrived in Madrid on a private jet and concluded his medical check-up at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, near Los Colchoneros’ Wanda stadium, by the early afternoon.

He was to get straight to work with his new club joining in on the Friday evening training session ahead of the team’s next LaLiga game against Granada on Sunday.

His transfer from Barcelona, where he spent six seasons and became the third-highest scorer in the club’s history, is estimated at around 6 million euros ($6.9M) with variables pegged to the team’s performance in the Champions League.

“Atlético de Madrid has reached an agreement with Luis Suárez for the striker to become a new Red and White player. The Uruguayan passed his medical and signed a two-year contract with our club on Friday,” Atléti said in an official statement.

“We welcome to our team one of the world’s most prolific strikers, who gives his all on the pitch and has proved his quality on the most demanding of stages.”

Rumors of the deal with Diego Simeone’s team surfaced at the beginning of the week but only became official on Wednesday evening.

He could make his first appearance on Sunday against the Andalusian side.

The Uruguayan’s transfer was not easy for the player.

Suárez was given a final chance to say farewell to his teammates, Barcelona officials and fans on Thursday morning at the Camp Nou in what was a teary affair.

“It’s not just a player but a human being with feelings who is leaving,” he said.

His former Barcelona teammate and close friend Lionel Messi was not happy about how things played out.

The Argentine forward, who has locked horns with Barcelona’s leadership since his failed bid to leave the club this summer, voiced his anger once more on Instagram.

“It’s going to be weird seeing you in another shirt and even weirder to play against you,” he wrote.

“You deserved a send off worthy of what you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club… not being thrown out like you were.

“But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”EFE-EPA


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