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Sport Messi welcome to join Suarez at Atletico, says club president Cerezo

14:26  29 september  2020
14:26  29 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Club president Enrique Cerezo joked that Lionel Messi would form a great partnership with Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann, 28, has continually been linked with a move to Barcelona, where he would join five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi .

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Lionel Messi is welcome to join Luis Suarez at Atletico Madrid if he still wants to play alongside the Uruguayan, Los Colchoneros president Enrique Cerezo has cheekily suggested.

Suarez was unceremoniously dumped by Barca last week, selling him to Atletico for just €6 million after six years at Camp Nou.

In that time Suarez rose to third on the club's all-time leading scorers list, but the way his exit was handled angered close friend Messi, who exclusively revealed to Goal that Barca blocked his own exit from the club.

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Messi had wanted to leave Barcelona, the only club he has played for professionally, but refused to go to court to force through a move. The Argentine vented his frustrations with the club president during an interview in which he explained his decision to stay.

Luis Suarez said he was proud after being defended by Lionel Messi following his move from Barcelona to their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. His close friend and Barcelona star Messi slammed the Catalan giants on Friday, saying Suarez was "kicked out" and "nothing surprises" him anymore.

After failing to secure a move away from Camp Nou, the Argentine again showed his disdain for those in charge by publicly lambasting them for the Uruguayan's exit.

Suarez made his Atletico debut in Sunday's 6-1 demolition of Granada, coming off the bench to devastating effect as he scored twice and claimed an assist.

And Cerezo has audaciously suggested Messi joins Suarez at the Wanda Metropolitano, borrowing a marketing slogan from Spanish nougat company El Almendro.

"In life, if you want something... If Leo Messi wants to play with Luis Suarez, I tell him the same thing that is said with nougat: 'Let him come home for Christmas'. With desire, anything is possible," he said on Cadena Cope.

Despite the turmoil at Barca over the past seven weeks, Cerezo showed support to his under-fire counterpart at Camp Nou, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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Suarez 'didn't deserve to be thrown out' of Barca, according to Messi . Luis is proud to leave a positive legacy at Camp Nou but is now motivated to succeed at Atletico . "I've now moved on and joining this competitive side [ Atletico Madrid] is a major motivation."

Suarez , 33, joined Atletico in a €6 million (.7 million) move this week after six trophy-laden seasons at Barcelona. Suarez scored 21 goals in 36 games last season, but new Barca coach Ronald Koeman had no The forward said joining another big club in Spain was a huge motivation for him.

"Everything [with the Suarez signing] went perfectly well," he said. "Bartomeu is a good friend and a great president.

"At the moment things are not going well at Barcelona, but he has acted as he had to act and nothing else has happened. The signing was not complicated, the player plays where he wanted to play."

But Suarez's international colleague Edinson Cavani will not be joining him at Atletico, with Goal having previously confirmed an offer was made but it was reliant on Diego Costa leaving the club.

"Diego Costa is a player that Atletico Madrid needs," Cerezo added. "The season is very long. You don't have to complicate things.

"I don't think there will be a change at Atleti. Cavani's circumstances have not been the same as those of Luis Suarez.

"He is a fantastic player, but everything is different. It wasn't because of me or his brother [Walter Guglielmone, also his agent] that he didn't come."

Luis Suarez reveals he 'spent days CRYING' after Barcelona exit .
The 33-year-old, who was told over the phone by new boss Ronald Koeman that he would not be in his plans, secured a move to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million move. But an exit from the Nou Camp proved emotional and Suarez admits he 'didn't take it very well' when told to find a new club.

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