Luis Suarez will today sign a new deal that will see him remain with Barcelona until June 30, 2021, with a huge buyout clause of €200 million inserted.
The former Liverpool striker has been prolific since swapping Anfield for the Nou Camp in a deal reported to be worth £75m (€89m) two and a half years ago, scoring 97 times in 116 matches in all competitions. The Uruguayan is also part of a much-feared forward line at Barca as he, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been terrorising defences at home and abroad.
Their combination has reaped two league titles, two Copa del Reys, one Champions League, one European Super Cup, one Super Cup and one Club World Cup trophy.
Meanwhile Zinedine Zidane praised the way his Real Madrid side yesterday delivered the required result to beat Club America 2-0 and book a place in the final of the Club World Cup. The European champions did just enough to see off the Mexicans in Yokohama, with goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving in stoppage time at the end of both halves.
Benzema struck in added time at the end of the first half, clipping the ball into the roof of the net. , Ronaldo drilled in a low shot which was eventually given as a goal after the referee had called for a video review.
Real will next face Japanese side Kashima Antlers on Sunday, who booked a place in Sunday’s final with a 3-0 win over Atletico Nacional.
“We got what we came for - a place in the final. It has been difficult, but now we move onto the final,” Zidane said at a press conference.
Paraguay referee Enrique Caceres briefly caused some confusion as he signalled for a video assistant referee consultation, which is being trialled at the Fifa tournament, before it was decided there was no infringement and the goal stood. “The problem is we have to adapt to what Fifa wants to do,” Zidane said.
“I have my ideas and it is true there has been some confusion on our second goal.
“Things have to be clearer. We can not control what they want to do to improve things with technology. If it is to improve football for the better (then good), but things have to be clearer. “
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