La Liga 2016-17: Denis Suarez says Xavi asked him to come back to Barcelona
Barcelona FC midfielder Denis Suarez has recently stated in an interview that club legend Xavi Hernandez played a crucial role in his return to the Catalan club. The youngster had spent two seasons with Barcelona B side until the year 2015, after which he moved to Villarreal before returning to Barcelona.
The midfielder was so impressive in his performances at Villarreal that just after a single season at El Madrigal, Barcelona made use of their buyback clause to re-sign the young midfielder.
"Xavi was important as the first thing he said to me when I met him was that I should go back to Barcelona," Suarez told Cadena Ser. "I'm glad that I have returned. Every time the coach puts me on the side I try to do my best to play as well as I can and take advantage of the opportunity."
Suarez also revealed that as a youngster he was a huge supporter of Celta Vigo and that he idolized Argentine footballer Gustavo Lopez growing up. Now, the 22-year-old is in awe of being teammates with the best football player in the world, Lionel Messi.
"He is incredible. Leo demonstrates every single day why he is the best. In training, he does things that astonish you.”
Suarez also seems to be quite astonished by the level of ambition that Messi displays and the kind of affection and care he has towards his teammates.
"I'm surprised by his ambition. He always wants to win at everything he does. If we lose, he is so quiet. In my first few days at the club, I immediately noticed how close he is to everyone and how much he cares about the club."
When asked about if there are any kinds of rifts between Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez, the 22-year-old was smart enough to play down the idea.
"Messi, Suarez, and Neymar are usually always together in the dressing room and out on the field. Their good vibes help because there is no selfishness or jealousy.”
Suarez was also asked if he could sign a player from Barcelona’s arch rivals, Real Madrid, who would it be. This is what Suarez had to say,
"With regards to who I would sign from Madrid, I think it is very difficult to improve our squad. I would also never sign for them."
Suarez put in an impressive performance in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Sevilla last week. The 22-year-old replaced the injured Andres Iniesta and contributed in the equalizing goal which earned him a lot of praise from club manager Luis Enrique. The midfielder also received a Whatsapp message from the injured Iniesta congratulating him on his spectacular performance against Sevilla.
Barcelona will take on Malaga on the 19th of November in La Liga after the ongoing international break end.