New Atletico Madrid signing Luis Suarez has disclosed that the club’s reputation convinced him to move from Barcelona.
The Nation reported that the Uruguayan international signed a two-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and could make his club debut against Granada this weekend.
Suarez’s exit from the Camp Nou has been criticised by Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and others but the Uruguayan confirmed the chance of a new challenge in Madrid lured him away from Catalonia.
“The motivation to join a great Spanish team is what drove me to make the decision to move, and Atletico is a great Spanish team,” he said.
“Atletico Madrid is a great club with great players who always fight to be at the very top.
“The fans motivate the team a lot, they make you feel that they want you to be there, this is an extra motivation.
“It is clear from the outside this motivates the team to compete, and that intensity was a greater incentive than a conversation with the manager or with the Atletico’s staff,” he added.