Luis Suarez won’t go to Aston Villa, former Liverpool team-mate Jose Enrique believes. The Uruguay international has been linked with a return to the Premier League amid uncertainty over his Atletico Madrid future. However, doubt has now been poured on the prospects of that happening.
Suarez was unplayable during his previous stint in the Premier League with Liverpool.
Signed as a replacement for Fernando Torres following the Spaniard’s move to Chelsea in January 2010, he immediately took to life in English football.
Suarez scaled new heights as a player under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, scoring 31 goals from 31 appearances having previously managed 30 goals from 44 matches.
Ever since, he’s continued to shine.
Suarez was a huge hit at Barcelona, netting 198 goals for the club, while he’s been a fine asset at Atletico Madrid since joining in the summer transfer window of 2020.
Now, though, he’s being tipped for a sensational Premier League return.
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“I think it’s just a rumour because they’ve got Philippe Coutinho and I don’t think Luis would go to Aston Villa, go to the Premier League from a team like Atletico Madrid – one of the best teams in La Liga.
“Why would he go to Aston Villa?
“I know we’re talking about next season but if I was him I would not come back to the Premier League.
“I think he can do a job there. They have a very good team there they have Danny Ings, they have Ollie Watkins, you have players who when Suarez was at his peak they can’t compete.
“Suarez is obviously not the same player he used to be.
“For me, I think he will go in another direction. Either renew at Atletico Madrid or maybe go somewhere else, I’m sure about that.”
Former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor last week claimed Suarez should be the club’s next target following the capture of Coutinho.
“Even when Steven Gerrard mentioned it to the chief executive, he probably thought, ‘really? You can get that over the line?’
“Gerrard is probably like, ‘yeah, he’s my mate. Give me one second and I’ll give him a call.’
“He will have that effect on players he even hasn’t played with as he’s Steven Gerrard.
“Honestly, when I first saw it I thought ‘nah’. Then I thought “yeah, this is Steven Gerrard’.
“Players are going to want to play for Steven Gerrard the player, never mind Steven Gerrard the manager who has done so well in a short space of time. Getting Coutinho in now will attract even more players in this window.”
He then added: “This is no Mickey Mouse ex-footballer – this is Steven Gerrard, one of England and Liverpool’s greatest ever players.
“He is going to have the most amazing relationship with the likes of Coutinho.
“Go and get Suarez next. Us Villa fans, we aren’t stopping.”