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Name Denis Suarez
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Footballer
Desc Who? Barely featured since Arsenal desperately pursued a loan deal for the 25-year-old in January. The decision to sign Suarez, over younger players with more potential, also contributed to Sven Mislintat’s shock departure. One to forget


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Barcelona FC

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Barcelona forward Denis Suarez shares his initial observations of Lionel Messi] Up front there are three beasts [Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez] that resolve games, with Messi doing a little of everything. All the time he’s becoming more of a midfielder than an attacker! He is incredible. Every day he demonstrates that he’s the best. In training he does things that amaze you. His ambition surprised me. He always wants to win. If he’s losing [a training game] he gets the ball, goes past three and puts the ball in the goal and relaxes a little. I focused on him the first few days in the changing room, he’s very close [to his teammates] and thinks about everyone

2020 05 12b Retrieve

[Denis Suarez admits he was fit for one week during injury-hit ‘bad loan’ at Arsenal] Obviously it was a bad loan because I did not play. But there were circumstances, which I would like the fans to understand. Unai [Emery] told me he was looking for a winger - where Alex Iwobi or Henrikh Mkhitaryan played. It is not my best position but I can play on the wing. He insisted to me, ‘Come here. You will play. Don’t stay in Barcelona. Play, play, play and then we can sign you’. I wanted Arsenal to sign me but the club were not able to at that time. Instead, they said, ‘Come here, get the continuity, then when you have a year remaining on your contract, we can sign you’. So, OK, it sounded good. The truth is I rejected other teams: Real Betis, Sevilla, AC Milan all wanted me. I took the risk of going on a loan. I could have signed for those other clubs on a four- or five-year deal. That’s how much I wanted it to work at Arsenal. So people don’t know fully what happened

I played in my first game against Manchester City and then 10 days later I got injured (in the first leg) against BATE Borisov in the Europa League. I had too much pain in my groin. I did tests and scans and nothing was in my groin, but there was a big edema (build-up of fluid) around the pubic bone. I had sharp pain when I ran, when I shot, when I passed. It was so difficult. I was at something like 30 per cent of my fitness

[Quizzed on whether he was ever fully fit while with the Gunners] The first week. Only that. I felt it getting worse. After the match against BATE Borisov, I had incredible pain. Every movement, every change of direction, every shot. I tried to train through the pain. It became unsustainable. I was not in a state to play at my best

It became clear that Arsenal were not going to sign me, but I also knew that, if I had barely played for Arsenal, Barcelona would not want me either. That is life. I cannot control this. Nobody wanted to play more than me but the situation was unsustainable. I wanted to live up to their expectations. I am sorry because I do not think Arsenal supporters truly understand the situation I was experiencing. They didn’t see me play, so it is hard to evaluate the loan. Of course it was bad - I didn’t play - but there were circumstances. For example, I played in a friendly match for 90 minutes (against Al Nasr in Dubai during the March international break) and the next day I could barely move for the pain. That was the reality. To recover, my injury needed rest, strength and muscle exercises for two or three months

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Denis Suarez has no regrets over trading Man City for Barcelona] I was at City for two years. They wanted me to renew but I preferred to go to Barcelona. Nobody knows what would have happened. Maybe if I had stayed, I would be playing regularly there, but I took that decision to go to Barcelona and it was the right one for me because I played a lot of games for their first team. And to train with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta … brutal. Leo is the best. Andres is an example for me. I couldn’t wait to learn from them and play with them, Messi trains how he plays. He loves to win: in every session, he has to win. But at City, I trained with David Silva and he is right up there. You guys in England fully appreciate Silva’s brilliance but in Spain I am not sure everyone realises how amazing he has been. Silva has reached the heights of Xavi and Iniesta. I cannot speak with authority about City’s entire history but Silva has, without question, been City’s best player for the past decade.

Of course it helps me personally. Obviously! My priority now is to play football regularly and compete for a place in the Spanish national team. I feel Celta is a good place for me to do that. I have returned home because the more games I play, the better chance I have. This season I had some ankle problems. But I have had phases where I am playing a lot, creating chances, in the top few for definitive passes. That is what I want to show