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Juventus thought that I have an Italian passport, says Suarez

Mon 15 March 2021 | 16:41

The Uruguayan striker of Atletico Madrid has spoken about his situation with Juventus in the summer.

Juventus

tried to sign

Luis Suarez

as a free agent in the summer transfer window but their attempt was not successful. In an interview with La Repubblica, Suarez claims that Fabio Paratici thought that the Uruguayan striker had an Italian passport. Suarez also says that Agnelli thanked him because of his effort to facilitate a move to Juventus although he signed for

Atletico Madrid

eventually.

When did you know about Juventus' interest?

"It was the end of August, beginning of September. I received a call from Pavel Nedved and then one from Fabio Paratici."

Did you reach an agreement with Juventus?

"No, in the beginning, it was only to know if I was interested [in joining Juventus]. After that, my lawyer was in charge."

When did you know Juventus wanted to sign him as an EU-player?

"I can't remember. Paratici told me they had contacted me because they thought I had an Italian passport, like my wife.

"I told him that I didn't have it. I had only started to do the relevant paperwork and asked for certificates in the countries where I have lived."

Did you talk to Juventus after the exam?

"Yes, that same day. Paratici called me when I was at the airport to tell me I made the best choice for my family.

"Two days later, President Andrea Agnelli called me to say he was sorry the negotiations didn't end up well. Still, he thanked me for what I did to facilitate the deal, even forcing the relationship with Barcelona. I had never spoken to him before."

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