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Suarez still has it – Chiellini backs striker to light up MLS if reunited with Messi

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 14 Dec 2023

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Luis Suarez’s performances for Gremio show he would have few problems in adapting to Major League Soccer if he joins Inter Miami, says former Los Angeles FC defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez is reportedly in talks with Miami over a move which would see him reunited with former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

The Uruguayan is seemingly closing in on a one-year deal with the MLS outfit after spending 2023 with Gremio, who finished second to Palmeiras in their first season back in Brazil’s top flight, having spent the previous campaign in the second tier.

Suarez scored 17 league goals for Gremio throughout the year, also adding 11 assists to give him the most total goal involvements (28) in the Brasileirao.

The striker, who will turn 37 in January, hit 27 goals across all competitions before departing as a free agent, and recently retired defender Chiellini says he would thrive in MLS.

“You see what Suarez did this year in Brazil… Brazil is not considered a weak league,” Chiellini, who was famously bitten by Suarez at the 2014 World Cup, told Stats Perform.

“Suarez scored almost 30 goals, we still see something there and it’s still really good. Now football is changing all over the world.

“There are less differences between some leagues in Europe and other countries. The only league that’s very different from every other one, I think, is the Premier League.

“But to be honest, the other ones we can compare, and you can also find good players in some weird leagues that some years ago you never considered. Now it is very different.”

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