Suarez deal ‘already done’

Luis Suarez is set to sign a new long-term contract at Barcelona which looks likely to see him end his career at the Camp Nou.

Catalan club president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on South American radio last night that the Uruguayan striker’s new deal ‘was done’ and it will be announced before Christmas.

"Suarez is going to renew his contract now. It's already done. There are only a few small details outstanding,” Bartomeu told Uruguay’s Radio Vision.

"In the coming days or weeks we will announce it.

"Maybe, why not, as a big Christmas present. Not for Luis, who already knows that he is going to continue here, but for football fans.

"For them he is a very important character who forms part of this spectacular front three that we have at the club.

"We want his contract to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length.

"We want Luis Suarez to be at this club for many years. And when he retires he will always be welcome at Barcelona."

The news will follow on from the new deals for other first-team regulars including Sergio Busquets, Neymar and Javier Mascherano, with Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic said to be next on the ‘renewal list’ for the Blaugrana.

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