Luis Suarez has joined Atletico Madrid from FC Barcelona thus bringing an end to his six-year stay at Camp Nou during which he scored nearly 200 goals and won 13 titles including four La Liga titles and one Champions League.Also Read - Barcelona And Neymar End Legal Dispute in Out of Court Settlement After 4 Years
Suarez was reportedly told by newly appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman that he doesn’t feature in his plans for the Camp Nou paving the way for his exit. Also Read - Lionel Messi Agrees to Sign New Five-Year Deal With Barcelona With Massive Pay-Cut: Reports
The Uruguayan forward was heavily linked with Italian side Juventus. Also Read - Memphis Depay Joins Barcelona as Free Agent
However, delay in getting Italian citizenship meant Juventus turned their attention to other options.
Barcelona confirmed the departure of Suarez in an official announcement after he endured his least productive season with the club managing 21 goals in 36 appearances.
“FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Luis Suarez. The Madrid club will pay FC Barcelona €6 million in variables,” Barcelona said in a statement.
“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future,” it added.
Atletico will reportedly pay Barcelona USD 7 million for securing Suarez’s services.
Suarez will fill the hole created by the departure of Alvaro Morata who joined Juventus on a year-long loan with an option for a permanent deal.
The 33-year-old could make his Atletico debut this Saturday against Granada.
Suarez departs as the third highest scorer in Barcelona’s history after Lionel Messi and Cesar.