Luis Suarez has confirmed that he will not be joining Argentinian side River Plate this summer after they were eliminated from the Copa Libertadores.
90min revealed last month that River were leading the race to sign Suarez, who is available on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to Ovacion, Suarez has now admitted that his move to River was close to completion but their surprise exit from the Copa Libertadores has now put an end to River’s hopes of getting a deal done.
“I was very excited about the possibility of going to River to fight for the Copa Libertadores,” he explained, “It was a dream that I had to win a cup in South America. As River were eliminated, that possibility has faded away.
“A month and a half ago I declared that I was not going to leave Europe, but River insisted and insisted so much that I came to consider it and there was a possibility. As much as one says something, when the time comes you will consider it. You are excited that they love you so much. Players need love. River was giving it to me.”
Prior to River’s interest, Suarez had attracted interest from former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.