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Suarez in blockbuster Barcelona extension talks

BARCELONA: European Golden Shoe winner Luis Suarez said negotiations to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2021 were running smoothly.

The 29-year-old, who claimed the award for a second time after finishing top scorer across Europe last season, originally joined Barcelona on a five-year deal from Liverpool in 2014.

“Negotiations are moving along nicely in the right direction,” Suarez told a press conference in Uruguay, where he is preparing for a World Cup qualifier with Ecuador on Thursday.

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“Both parties want this deal to go through,” said the centre-forward, who scored 40 Liga goals in 35 games last season and 59 goals from 53 games in all competitions.

Barcelona-based sports daily El Mundo Deportivo reported on Wednesday the Spanish champions had offered Suarez an improved deal until June 2021, two years beyond his current contract.

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“Luis Suarez, ready,” read its headline, while Marca also reported the imminent deal.

“His salary rise will be substantial,” said Marca. “Right now he earns

€16 million a season, his new deal will push that to €25 million a season,” it added.

Brazilian superstar Neymar signed a new five-year contract in late October that will keep him at Barcelona until 2021.

The deal, which had been agreed in June, includes a buy-out clause of up to €250 million as Barca seek to ward off interest from potential suitors.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is contracted to Barcelona until 2018 and will be offered a contract extension in the coming months, the club said recently.
Courtesy : Express Tribune

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