Ex-Barca Star Luis Suarez Set to Return to Boyhood Club Nacional

Luis Suarez of Uruguay in 2018
Luis Suarez with Uruguay in 2018. Photo by Joe Toth/BPI/Shutterstock (9982395dq)

Former Barcelona and Liverpool star striker Luis Suarez is coming home. Suarez, a free agent after his contract with Atletico Madrid expired this summer, is expected to sign a deal with Uruguayan Primera Division side Nacional.

Suarez started his professional career with Nacional, scoring 10 goals in 27 matches for the club before heading to Europe. While the return to his boyhood club is yet to be confirmed, the 35-year-old player did confirm that there is a pre-contract agreement in place via a video posted on Twitter.

“It was impossible to waste this opportunity of playing again in Nacional, and we have a pre-agreement with the club,” said Suarez. “In the next few hours, details will be finalized, and we hope that the agreement we all want will be reached and that we can all enjoy this new stage and see each other in the coming days.”

After leaving Nacional in 2006 as a 19-year-old player, Luis Suarez first signed for Dutch side Groningen. He only spent one season with the club before signing with four-time UEFA Champions League winners Ajax. Suarez then moved to Liverpool and Barcelona, where he established himself as one of the best strikers in football, before spending the last two seasons with Atletico.

Suarez was linked with a move to MLS earlier this summer, with Inter Miami being mentioned as one of his potential destinations. However, it appears that the opportunity to play in front of home fans was something the veteran couldn’t turn down.

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