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Luis Suarez has announced he won’t be joining River Plate after being knocked out of the Copa Libertadores.
Veteran striker Suarez, who is a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid, had been linked with River and has now confirmed there is genuine interest.
The former Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona man was also open to the move, motivated by the opportunity to challenge for a Libertadores title.
But River was knocked out of South America’s elite club competition on Wednesday after a goalless draw at home to Velez Sarsfield in the last 16, losing 1-0 on aggregate.
Suarez will therefore not head to the Buenos Aires giants, who are losing Julian Alvarez to Manchester City, he told Ovacion.
“I was very excited about going to River to fight for the Copa Libertadores,” he said.
“It was a dream that I had to win a cup in South America. When River was knocked out, that possibility fades.”
Suarez spent 16 years in Europe, signing for Groningen in 2006 after leaving Nacional in his native Uruguay.
And the 35-year-old said he was disappointed not to have heard from his former club, explaining: “If I were to think and get excited about the possibility of River, the same thing would happen. would produce with that of Nacional, which was my home.
“I’m surprised that the leaders of Nacional didn’t even call me to find out about my situation.”
Instead, it seems, Suarez will stay in Europe. Ovacion reported he was weighing three offers after being tempted by River.
“A month and a half ago I said I was not going to leave Europe,” he said. “But River pushed and pushed so hard that I came to consider it, and there was a possibility.
“As much as something is said, when the time comes, you will think about it. You are delighted that they like you so much.
“The player needs love. River gave it to me, and Nacional could have tried.”