Luis Suarez has been cleared to take in a reunion with Lionel Messi at Inter Miami, with Gremio confirming the striker’s imminent departure.
At the end of the year, the seasoned frontman will say goodbye to Brazilian football after an early contract termination was reached. After that, Suarez will have unrestricted access to travel to the United States, where he can join Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba at Inter Miami, an MLS team.
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When questioned by reporters about saying goodbye to Suarez, who has scored 26 goals in 51 games for Gremio, Renato Gaucho responded as follows: “Are we going to miss him? Certainly, without a doubt, he is very loved by everyone. I had the pleasure of working with a great professional, one of the best in the world, fourth highest scorer in the world. This void will remain for the next year, because it’s not easy to find someone of his talent and ability. When you find someone else, it’s unfeasible to bring him in financially. Unfortunately, as I said before, it was very difficult for him to stay. Everyone wanted it, but only he could reverse this decision. Unfortunately, he will leave and there will be this vacuum in Gremio’s attack. Then it’s up to the board and president to try and find another striker. It was a great pleasure, not only for me but for the whole club. A guy who always gave himself, an exemplary professional.”
Renato added on the impact that Suarez has made during his time in Brazil, with the 36-year-old still boasting boundless energy and a desire to win at all costs: “It’s a great sadness for everyone. He arrived at the beginning of the year, he has helped us a lot, the fans were enchanted with him. He is an extraordinary professional on and off the field. He arrived quietly, he was letting go, playing, accepting the games. I often wanted to take him out of training or a game, but he wanted to continue. He wants to play every game and it doesn’t hurt.”
On Sunday, Suarez will play against Vasco da Gama in his farewell home game as a Gremio player. December 7 away to Fluminense will be his final game. After that, he can take a brief sabbatical and possibly training with Messi and Inter Miami in preparation for the 2024 MLS season.