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Luis Suarez to leave Atletico Madrid as club confirm free transfer exit

Luis Suarez scored a flood of goals that put Atletico Madrid in the driving seat for last season’s LaLiga title, but now he will move on.

Luis Suarez will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season after his two-year stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, the LaLiga giants announced on Sunday.

Former Barcelona and Liverpool striker Suarez provided a spark last season that led to LaLiga title glory for Diego Simeone’s team.

That was his first campaign with Atletico after Suarez reluctantly moved on from Barcelona, and he finished with 21 goals from 32 league games.

The 35-year-old has not made the same impact this season.

Albeit still reaching double figures for goals in the Spanish top flight, his departure had been expected.

Confirmation came when Atletico said ahead of Sunday evening’s clash with Sevilla that it would be a final home game for the club for Suarez and Hector Herrera, who in March agreed with an end-of-season move to Houston Dynamo.

In a statement on Twitter, Atletico said:

“At the end of the game, the Wanda Metropolitano will pay tribute to Luis Suarez and Hector Herrera.

“They both are saying goodbye to the Red and White family today.”

Cerezo hailed Suarez’s impact on the club as the Uruguayan veteran nears the end of his two-year contract.

Club president Enrique Cerezo said:

“Luis Suarez is a magnificent player and a great person.

“He deserves everything in this club and will always have a prominent place.

“Luis Suarez will have a very prominent part in the museum and any part of this stadium.”

Quoted by AS, Cerezo added:

“We will have great memories of him. He has been a magnificent player, and he has been one of those who have achieved a Liga.”

Suarez was recently linked with a shock return to Barcelona.

Where Suarez ranks as the third-highest goalscorer in the club’s history, behind Lionel Messi and Cesar Rodriguez.

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