President of Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu finally opened his voice about Luis Suarez’s departure to rival club Atletico Madrid. Interestingly, the President intends to hold a testimonial match for the Uruguay national team striker.
In fact, the issue of Suarez’s move from Barcelona has been heard several times during this summer’s transfer market. He was linked with Juventus but for some reason, his move failed to happen.
In the end, the former Liverpool star completed a move to rival club Atletico Madrid following a contract termination agreement with Barcelona.
According to information heard, Atletico Madrid have paid just 6 million euros for the 33-year-old striker. It was stated that Suarez agreed to a two-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Barcelona itself does not feel that it is missing a top striker, even though Suarez himself has contributed greatly to the success of the Catalan giants since he was bought from Liverpool in 2014 until now.
However, President Josep Maria Bartomeu still expressed his gratitude for Suarez’s services over the past six years. He also plans to hold a testimonial match for the striker.
However, Barcelona will wait until the government and the Spanish football federation have allowed fans to be present at the stadium to hold the testimonial match.
“I want to make a testimonial when we can bring in fans again, so you can say goodbye. I want to say so much that you have given us, in terms of your character, fighting spirit and winning mentality.”
“Representing all Barcelona fans, I want to thank you for the last six years,” said Bartomeu to Suarez, as quoted by Marca.
Furthermore, despite being separated by distance, Bartomeu emphasized that Barcelona will always be the home of Luis Suarez. In other words, the striker can come whenever he wants.
“They have unforgettable times, and I hope you will continue to be happy when you leave here in your personal and professional life. Barcelona will always be your home,”
“The club owes you a huge debt of gratitude for what you did,” he added.