Luis Suarez has hinted he may call time on his glittering career instead of following Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, saying his fitness will be a major factor in whether he decides to play on in 2024.
Former Liverpool, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker Suarez is set to leave Gremio as a free agent, having starred for the Brazilian side since arriving from Uruguay’s Nacional in January.
Suarez has scored 15 goals and recorded 11 assists in 32 league appearances for Gremio, for whom he played his final home game on Sunday, netting the winner as Vasco da Gama were beaten 1-0.
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Suarez has been strongly linked with a move to MLS in recent months, with Inter Miami – home to his former Barca team-mates Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba as well as ex-Blaugrana coach Gerardo Martino – his most obvious destination.
However, the striker cast doubt on the chances of a reunion with close friend Messi after his Gremio farewell, saying: “I can feel pain, my body is speaking for me.
“I want to enjoy and then decide for myself after a long career. I need to rest, enjoy being with my family… then destiny will know where I’ll be in the future.”
Suarez won LaLiga five times during eight years in Spain with Barca and Atleti, also playing a key role in the Blaugrana’s most recent UEFA Champions League triumph in 2015, being flanked by Messi and Neymar in Luis Enrique’s iconic ‘MSN’ frontline.
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