Barcelona have confirmed that they have re-signed Denis Suarez from Villarreal. The Catalans had inserted a buy-back clause into Suarez’ contract when he left the club, and have decided to activate said clause, which will cost the La Liga champions €3.25million, signing Suarez on a four-year contract.
The midfielder shone for Villarreal last season, assisting 13 goals and scoring 5 goals in 48 appearances as the Yellow Submarines qualified for the UEFA Champions League by finishing 4th in La Liga. His performances have caught the eye, with Barcelona activating his buyback clause and signing him to a new deal that sets his buyout at a pricely €50 million.
Suarez has never played for the Barcelona first team, but the 22-year-old is sure to a part of manager Luis Enrique’s plans, with the lack of back-up to Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr. cited as one of the reasons for the Blaugrana’s late season wobble in the league.
As part of the deal, Barcelona also retain the option of keeping Suarez for 5 years, but it is based on the number of appearances he makes for the Catalans in his fourth season. With Luis Enrique’s side having missed out on the signing of Nolito, who signed for Manchester City, Suarez’s presence in the squad takes increased importance, especially with Arda Turan having disappointed as a back-up option.
Here is the statement released by Barcelona announcing Denis Suarez’ signing :
Published 04 Jul 2016, 19:25 IST
FC Barcelona have decided to exercise the buy back clause for the player Denis Suárez, currently at Villarreal CF, which will see the player join the Club for the next four seasons with an option for a fifth depending on the number of appearances in the fourth season.
FC Barcelona have deposited 3,250,000 euros for the right to buy back the player. The buy out clause for the players has been set at 50 million Euros. Denis Suárez will undergo a medical on Tuesday and at 2.00pm CET he will be outside the Club offices for a short photo session.
The signing of the contract and the official presentation of the footballer as a new FC Barcelona player is programmed for Wednesday:
At 11.00am, signing of the contract in the first tier of the stand at Camp Nou.
At 11.30am, presentation in the Ricard Maxenchs press room.
At 1.00pm, photo session on the field at Camp Nou. The general public can access the stadium for the photo session between 12.30pm and 1.30pm