When Atletico Madrid signed Luis Suarez last summer, the club spent time working on all the details of the striker’s two-year contract.
There are various clauses in it – such as the ones for bonuses related to goal tallies, with the player already having hit a target of 15 goals and just four away from another target of 20.
Yet one of the other clauses could actually affect his future, as there is a clause in the Uruguayan’s contract that would allow him to leave Atletico Madrid on June 30 for free.
However, the 34-year-old has no intention of triggering this because he is happy in the team and likes working with Diego Simeone.
As such, Atletico Madrid are not concerned about this clause. They’re just happy to have a world-class striker, one who seems motivated to prove to Barcelona that they were wrong to let him leave for a domestic rival.
Suarez is enjoying an exceptional run of form and is determined to keep scoring the goals that will likely fire Atletico Madrid to the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander title.
As well as putting the ball in the net, Suarez has shown that he can be a leader of this team.
There is, therefore, nobody at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano who doubts that Suarez will stay for the second year of his deal.
The precedent of David Villa
Suarez’s campaign has been compared to that of David Villa, when he swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2013 and won the title with Simeone.
Villa adapted well, scored goals and won LaLiga Santander, but he didn’t fulfil the full three years of his contract. Instead, he departed after just one year to join New York City.
Atleti, though, believe the ending with Suarez will be different and that he’ll ignore the clause that would allow him to depart in the summer of 2021.