Luis Suarez is the third top scorer in Barcelona’s history, and while the Uruguayan striker has come in for criticism in the last year or so, he is clear that he wants to stay at the Camp Nou.
The infamous 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich and an up and down season for Suarez has caused both the club and the supporters to question his future at the club. “Nobody at the club told me that they want to dispense with my services,” Suarez told El Pais.
“I want what’s best for the team and I intend to keep it that way. “I don’t like to compare, every place is different, but I remember that in Madrid, the year [Real Madrid] were knocked out by Ajax from the Champions League, it was said that [Toni] Kroos was finished, they wanted to retire [Luka] Modric, they said that [Sergio] Ramos was a disaster…
“And the following year everything went better for them and again they were all phenomenal and formed a legendary team. “And, of course, they were and they are a great team, but with defeat you know that you shoot at everything and everyone.
“And it’s a shame because it’s like that all the time, you have an opinion about everything and above all you judge very easily: what is white today is black tomorrow and vice versa. “I honestly believe that sometimes there is a lack of coherence, patience and, above all, memory.”
Suarez has had a wonderful relationship with Lionel Messi both on and off the pitch, with the two players even going on holiday together with their families during the break between the end of the LaLiga Santander season and the resumption of the Champions League.
“For me it is a pride to be a friend of Leo,” Suarez noted. “He is an excellent person. “Playing together is a temporary circumstance, but our bond goes beyond that.” Ronald Koeman has replaced Quique Setien as Barcelona head coach and Suarez has admitted that he would be willing to drop down to a bench role if necessary.
“I’ve agreed to be a substitute throughout my career,” he explained. “I’d have no problem being one again. “The competition is healthy and if the coach thinks I should do it from the bench, I have no problem.”
The 33-year-old tried to explain what happened against Bayern, pointing to the fact that pre-existing doubts came to the fore in Lisbon. “It was one of those days when everything went wrong,” Suarez said.
“We were outclassed and we didn’t know how to fix it. “I don’t want to make excuses, but it’s a very rare year where the format is different and Bayern prepared much better. “They had everything clear in their minds and we went to Lisbon with some doubts that finally took their toll.
“In a two-legged game perhaps they would have eliminated us [too], but it is certain that we feel greater at the Camp Nou.”
Finally, Suarez emphasised that as long as Barcelona want him to stick around, he’d like to stay in Catalonia. “I would like to stay at Barcelona as long as they want to count on me,” Suarez concluded. “I want to contribute.
“I’ve felt the support of the fans since I arrived and that motivates me a lot.”