FC Barcelona’s official website has confirmed that Denis Suárez will return to Barcelona following 2 years on loan at Sevilla (2014/2015) and Villareal (2015/2016). Suárez joined Barça B from Manchester City in 2013, and appeared in 36 games in the second division, scoring seven goals and providing ten assists.
Sevilla loan Spell
Suárez would go on a 2 year loan to Sevilla during the 2014/2015 season where he played in 46 games (starting 25) and a total of 2414 minutes in all competitions including the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid. He scored 6 goals and provided 5 assists.
He would help Sevilla to the Europa League title that season scoring 3 goals in the competition, however he did not play a minute of the final, instead watching from the stands with fellow Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu.
With Barcelona’s Fifa transfer ban making a recall impossible at the start of the 2015/2016 season, he pushed for the chance to join Villarreal instead pleading with the Sevilla coach Unai Emery to let him go.Eventually,Villareal paid Sevilla €3m and Barcelona €4m to buy him. Barcelona kept a buy-back clause, believed to be around €7m. Coach Unai Emery said of his departure
“He’s a good lad, but he said he’d have more chance somewhere else.”
Villareal loan Spell
Having joined Villareal, Suárez would become a key part of the team that would finish 4th in la liga, qualifying for the champions league, and make the semi-finals of the Europa League losing out to Liverpool. In all played in 48 games (starting 36), witha total of 3373 minutes scoring 5 goals and providing 11 assists.
Suárez’s return to FC Barcelona had been rumored during the past few months and was confirmed by technical secretary Robert Fernández at his press conference this week. Fernández said
“Villarreal have already been told about [Barcelona’s interest] in re-signing the player.”
He also added that the deal should be completed by July 1, 2016, with the official FC Barcelona site confirming the news here.
Suárez who can play as a winger or attacking midfielder should add some additional depth to the Barcelona front line for the 2016/2017 season.