Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has decided to pen to paper on a new deal with Barcelona that will see him stay until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
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Luis Suarez – who joined Barcelona in 2014 – is set to wear the Blaugrana shirt for another four-and-a-half years, after agreeing a contract extension with the club’s hierarchy. To fend off any potential suitors for his signature, Barcelona have included a buyout clause in the deal that stands at a jaw-dropping €200 million.
Last season, Luis Suarez became the only player that managed to usurp Messi’s throne after scoring more goals than him; the Uruguayan bagged an incredible 40 goals in La Liga, while adding another 19 in other competitions, bringing his total goal tally for the 2015/16 season to 59, as opposed to the Argentine’s ‘mere’ 41 goals overall.
“I am feeling overjoyed about being where I want to be,” stressed the 29-year-old Luis Suarez. “I feel very happy. It was the decision that we all wanted, both the club and me, we have a great relationship… Any player would want to end their career at a club where they feel comfortable. We’ll have to see, but I never lose either my ambition or my enthusiasm.”
To date, Luis Suarez has appeared in 116 games for Barcelona and has found the back of the net an astonishing 97 times on those occasions – that represents a ratio of 0.84 goals per game. It’s safe to say he has completely justified the hefty price tag of +€80 million the Nou Camp side has paid for him in the summer of 2014.
Barcelona have already secured Neymar to a long-term deal, which only leaves Messi as part of the famed ‘MSN’ attacking trio without a contract renewal, however according to Spanish sports newspaper AS, the Catalan outfit are ready to offer the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a contract extension worth €35 million per season, after tax.
Real Madrid are the favourites to lift the Spanish title this season 1.50 (1/2), having gained momentum in La Liga over the Catalans. After 15 rounds in the Spanish top flight, Barcelona are only on 31 points, trailing behind their fierce rivals by a whopping six points. Over the last five encounters, Luis Enrique’s men have blundered quite a few times which has seen them record three draws and achieve victory only on two occasions.
They were even leading 1-0 in El Clasico at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago, but then in the final moments of the game last-minute goal poacher Sergio Ramos equalized the scoreline, allowing Real Madrid to stay ahead of their rivals on the table. Having succumbed to poor form in recent outings, NetBet Sports has branded Barcelona underdogs 2.60 (8/5) for the league title this season, despite winning the two previous editions back-to-back.
Conversely, in the Champions League, Barcelona are the side to beat, having been dealt favourite odds 4.40 (17/5), with Bayern Munich right behind them with odds of 5.00 (4/1). Zinedine Zidane’s men clinched their record 11th European title last campaign, but for this season they’re third favourites 6.00 (5/1), while their cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid are fourth on the list 9.00 (8/1).
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