Atletico Madrid announced, on Sunday, that Luis Suarez will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the current season.
The 35-year-old spent two years in the Spanish capital and Atletico confirmed his exit ahead of the La Liga match against Sevilla at home.
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“At the end of the match, Wanda Metropolitano will greet Luis Suarez and Hector Herrera, who bid farewell to the Red and White family today,” Publish the club on social media.
Suarez started Atletico’s last game at home and got a standing ovation from the crowd when he was knocked out in the second half.
After the match, the emotional Suarez gave a farewell speech to the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“I want to thank every one of the Atletico fans, all the staff, the people who work here every day. It’s impressive the passion they have shown me since my arrival, and I will never forget it. I am so grateful,” he said.
Thank you for all the unforgettable moments, Louis.
Forever one of us ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/3w9g20ylez
– Atletico Madrid (@atletienglish) May 15 2022
“For my teammates, to open the door for me in a difficult moment, what I had to do was try to get him back on the pitch, I gave 200% to a club who opened their doors for me… We won the league last year, unfortunately we couldn’t celebrate it with the fans, but the emotion that I get them every day on the street and they are amazing, and I will never forget them.
“My family and I will always be grateful, and wherever we are, we will be an Atlético fan, we will carry them in our hearts.”
The match ended 1-1 and the result secured Sevilla a place in the Champions League next season.
Suarez moved to Atletico from La Liga rivals Barcelona on a free transfer in 2020 and played a key role in helping Diego Simeone’s side win their first league title since 2014.
The striker scored 21 goals in all competitions during the 2020-21 season, including the winning goal in the last round, with Real Valladolid winning the title.
The Uruguay international has struggled to reproduce his fine form this season and hasn’t enjoyed much on the pitch.
Suarez has contributed 13 goals and three assists in all competitions this season, but he was no ordinary first-team player and only played eight minutes during the Champions League knockout matches against Manchester United and Manchester City.
Suarez could make his last appearance for the club when he faces a trip to Real Sociedad next week.