Lucas Leiva, former team-mate of Luis Suarez at Liverpool and Gremio, has advised Suarez to decline an offer from Inter Miami to reunite with Lionel Messi.
MLS side Inter Miami is attempting to sign Suarez from Gremio, aiming to bring him back together with former Barcelona colleagues Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba.
However, Lucas prefers that Suarez stay in Brazil for now, as it would allow them to remain neighbors.
“Suarez made a fantastic impact here in Brazil at Gremio,” Lucas, who finished his career at Gremio this year, told the Press Association. “But I think he made the right move. Luis is a world-class player, we don’t need to speak about his qualities and what he’s doing here in Brazil.
“He’s been linked, but I just hope he can stay at Gremio because it’s my club and he’s my neighbour here! I hope he stays a bit longer but MLS is getting attention from every player and from the fans. It’s normal that he will be linked with big teams like Inter Miami.”
Gremio’s head coach, Renato Gaucho, has verified that Suarez intends to depart Gremio and join the MLS side. Reports suggest that the 36-year-old striker is ready to purchase the remaining period of his contract at the Brazilian club to facilitate his move to Florida.