Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has reportedly ruled out signing for Juventus this summer, despite his previous agreement with the Turin club.
The report claims, the main reason for Suarez’ change of mind is the delay in obtaining Italian citizenship, a process that should start on Thursday with an exam. The process could go further than October 6. Which means Suarez would not be able to play in the Champions League group stage as the squad list of registered players is expected to be be presented that day.
Suarez decided to leave Barcelona when he was informed by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he is not in his plans for next season.
He has offers from other clubs, but there is an ongoing dispute between him and the Barça board on the logistics of his departure as he his demanding for his wages and the club are hoping they could sell him for at least a small fee.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s technical secretary Ramon Planes refused to say much on Suarez’s future during the official presentation of Miralem Pjanic.
“Suarez is, and has been in recent years, an important player,” the director noted.
“As I said in another appearance, we have to have a lot of respect for the players who have given so much to Barcelona.
“It is evident after what happened at the end of the season that we are in a process of changing, with a new coach and new ideas and we are working on that.
“We have to respect the players and their contracts.
“The market ends on October 5 and until then many things can happen.
“But with the utmost respect towards the players and the club.”