Mario: Time to leave Atleti

Mario Suarez has admitted that “I’d completed my cycle in Spain” after leaving Atletico Madrid for Fiorentina.

The midfielder ended five years of service at the Vicente Calderon by heading to La Viola in exchange for Stefan Savic, and he believes the time has come for him to begin a new challenge in his career.

“I’d completed my cycle in Spain, winning everything I could win,” the 28-year-old said at his presentation on Friday.

“I was looking for a new challenge and believe Fiorentina will give me what I’m looking for. I’m very happy to be here.

“From the first moment, when negotiations began, it immediately became clear that I wanted to come here. I like the club and the way they play.

“The Italian League is very competitive and important. We’ll go all out [for success next season].

“[On playing for Spain], first I must win my place here, strive to become a starter and have continuity.

“After that, we’ll see. The national team is an objective and I aspire to play in the European Championship [next year].”

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