Lodeiro Claims Luis Suarez Is MLS Bound After FC Barcelona Contract Expires

Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez (R) celebr
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The club’s fourth top scorer and just nine behind Laszlo Kubala, Luis Suarez’s FC Barcelona contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021 by which time the striker will be 34.

All too aware of his advancing years, the Spanish champions have already begun to procure a successor. Though he could be signed as early as the beginning of next season, El Pistolero, as the Uruguayan is known, is keen to see out the agreement and then consider his options.

As a proud patriot, a swan song at Montevideo giants Nacional, where it all started for the target man in his homeland, has been mooted. But according to Celeste international teammate Nicolas Lodeiro, it is in the United States that Suarez wishes to prolong his career.

‘He wants to come to MLS,’  remarked Loderio, who currently plies his trade in Seattle for the Sounders. ‘Luis always asks me about the league. His dream was to play for Barcelona. He is playing at a great level and he feels comfortable there,’ the MLS Cup finalist added.

‘Sooner or later he’ll come to MLS. Well, hopefully,’ went on Lodeiro, before repeating his claim. ‘He likes the league. He always asks me things about it. I wish he can also play for Seattle Sounders, although this may be a more difficult task.’

Lodeiro, who finished by stating he thinks it's ‘only a matter of time’ before Suarez joins him in the United States, might be on to something there in implying that this might not necessarily be at Seattle.

Since the former England and Manchester United legend’s acquisition of the outfit, playing for president David Beckham at Inter Miami has also additionally been earmarked as a possibility for the number 9 when he finally leaves Europe.

With no disrespect intended to the residents of the Emerald City, the Floridian metropolis and the state of Florida itself are arguably a far easier sell for Suarez to make to his young family, which comes before mentioning its considerable Latino population and how widely Spanish is spoken there.

In any event, there is some history between the ex-Liverpool man and the Sounders. While Lodeiro attempted to sweeten up his compatriot by jokingly presenting him with a Seattle jersey in 2017, Suarez was instrumental in his friend’s move there the year before.

Then, Suarez acted as a translator in telephone negotiations with General Manager Garth Lagerwey, and apparently opened the door to following Loderio to CenturyLink field some day.

‘He told me he might come in seven years,’ revealed Lagerwey. ‘That was his date, so maybe it's when his contract runs out ...I told him we would love to have him when he is ready,’ he concluded.

If making good on his threat, Suarez could do far worse than replicating Lodeiro’s trajectory in American soccer. About to play his third MLS Cup final in four years, he was also crowned champion the year he joined in 2016.

On the Iberian Peninsula, Suarez has lifted the La Liga and Copa Del Rey trophies on four ocassions each in addition to the Champions League once in 2015.

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The club’s fourth top scorer and just nine behind Laszlo Kubala, Luis Suarez’s FC Barcelona contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021 by which time the striker will be 34.

All too aware of his advancing years, the Spanish champions have already begun to procure a successor. Though he could be signed as early as the beginning of next season, El Pistolero, as the Uruguayan is known, is keen to see out the agreement and then consider his options.

As a proud patriot, a swan song at Montevideo giants Nacional, where it all started for the target man in his homeland, has been mooted. But according to Celeste international teammate Nicolas Lodeiro, it is in the United States that Suarez wishes to prolong his career.

‘He wants to come to MLS,’  remarked Loderio, who currently plies his trade in Seattle for the Sounders. ‘Luis always asks me about the league. His dream was to play for Barcelona. He is playing at a great level and he feels comfortable there,’ the MLS Cup finalist added.

‘Sooner or later he’ll come to MLS. Well, hopefully,’ went on Lodeiro, before repeating his claim. ‘He likes the league. He always asks me things about it. I wish he can also play for Seattle Sounders, although this may be a more difficult task.’

Lodeiro, who finished by stating he thinks it's ‘only a matter of time’ before Suarez joins him in the United States, might be on to something there in implying that this might not necessarily be at Seattle.

Since the former England and Manchester United legend’s acquisition of the outfit, playing for president David Beckham at Inter Miami has also additionally been earmarked as a possibility for the number 9 when he finally leaves Europe.

With no disrespect intended to the residents of the Emerald City, the Floridian metropolis and the state of Florida itself are arguably a far easier sell for Suarez to make to his young family, which comes before mentioning its considerable Latino population and how widely Spanish is spoken there.

In any event, there is some history between the ex-Liverpool man and the Sounders. While Lodeiro attempted to sweeten up his compatriot by jokingly presenting him with a Seattle jersey in 2017, Suarez was instrumental in his friend’s move there the year before.

Then, Suarez acted as a translator in telephone negotiations with General Manager Garth Lagerwey, and apparently opened the door to following Loderio to CenturyLink field some day.

‘He told me he might come in seven years,’ revealed Lagerwey. ‘That was his date, so maybe it's when his contract runs out ...I told him we would love to have him when he is ready,’ he concluded.

If making good on his threat, Suarez could do far worse than replicating Lodeiro’s trajectory in American soccer. About to play his third MLS Cup final in four years, he was also crowned champion the year he joined in 2016.

On the Iberian Peninsula, Suarez has lifted the La Liga and Copa Del Rey trophies on four ocassions each in addition to the Champions League once in 2015.

Now based in Barcelona after six years in São Paulo, I have written on these topics at length through previews and analysis while having also covered match reports for t...