The pieces are falling into place for a reunion between Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa after two encouraging updates.
The future of Luis Suarez remains unclear at present, though one thing is now certain – it will lay away from Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan veteran moved to Atletico in 2020 after being unceremoniously dumped by Barcelona.
In typical Suarez fashion, the 35-year-old got his revenge when firing Atletico to the LaLiga title in his first year under Diego Simeone.
However, his second season can only be described as a disappointment.
Indeed, Suarez has often been relegated to a role off the bench and started just four of Atletico’s last 14 league matches to end the campaign. Regardless he did still bag 11 league goals despite his minutes being severely cut.
Now, ahead of their final match of the season against Sevilla – which Suarez started and finished 1-1 – Atletico announced the striker would be moving on this summer.
Via the Athletic, a club statement read: “At the end of the game, the Wanda Metropolitano will pay tribute to Luis Suarez and Hector Herrera, who are saying goodbye to the Red & White family today.”
Suarez will become a free agent and is expected to have his fair share if suitors, even aged 35.
Villa links date back to January
Indeed, trusted Spanish journalist Gerard Romero insisted in January that Suarez had received a proposal from Aston Villa. It was also hinted a move to Villa was his preferred choice despite varied interest.
However, that has not stopped widespread reporting linking him with a move to MLS.
But according to Fabrizio Romano, Suarez ‘is not considering bids’ from America. Instead, his ‘priority’ is to remain in Europe.
Luis Suarez to choose Aston Villa or MLS move
Luis Suarez will leave Atletico Madrid this summer and will choose between Aston Villa or MLS
Aston Villa have already completed one Gerrard reunion when recently signing Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal.
With Suarez’s exit from Atletico now officially confirmed, the links to Villa will no doubt intensify in the coming months.
Why Villa should move for Luis Suarez
At 35, many Villa fans may take the view the ship has sailed on Suarez. Gerrard can already call upon Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings and signing another ageing ex-Red might be seen as a gamble.
However, Suarez showed in his first season at Atletico that he still has plenty to give when motivated. Spurred on by the manner in which his Barcelona career ended, Suarez bagged 21 goals to help Atletico lift their second LaLiga title under Simeone.
What’s more, Gerrard’s admiration for Suarez remains sky high.
When appearing on Gary Neville’s Overlap podcast in April, Gerrard was asked to pick between Fernando Torres and Suarez. Without hesitation, the Villa boss picked Suarez.
At 35, his best days are undoubtedly behind him. But given the fact he won’t cost a transfer fee, has Premier League experience and has a point to prove, a free agent swoop makes total sense in our eyes.