Uruguay and Atletico Madrid star, Luis Suarez has said only he will decide when he retires as he will continue playing among “football’s elite” for years to come and that “no one will get rid of him” until he’s ready.
Suarez completed a €6 million switch to Atletico from Barcelona in the summer after six-years at Camp Nou.
He actually wanted to stay at Barcelona but was forced out by Barca coach Ronald Koeman, though he has managed to silence his doubters at Atletico saying he has no plans to end his career in the near future.
“I still feel like I’m enjoying this moment that I’m in today, in football’s elite,” Suarez told ESPN.
“Being at Atletico, you’re in football’s elite. Some people didn’t believe that I could still be at this level. I’ve got the same enthusiasm.
“I hope that this year, next year and for however many years it is, I keep competing and giving my best, until you realise that you’ve gone as far as you can.
“But no one will get rid of me. I’ll decide when I go.”
Suarez has helped Atletico rise to the top of the La Liga standings and reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
He has scored 16 goals in his first 22 outings across all competitions for Atletico.
“I didn’t expect to be in this moment that I’m in with Atletico today, but I’m enjoying it a lot,” Suarez said of his impressive recent performances.
“I’m grateful because the coaching staff and my teammates believe in me, they trust me, and that is something that you try to repay with goals.”
Suarez claims he has already learnt many new things from coach Diego Simeone.
“Each coach obviously has their own way of being, their own football philosophy. [He] is a coach who gives players a lot of confidence, he makes you give more than you thought you could,” he said of Simeone.
“When it comes to preparing for matches, he corrects a lot of things. Even for me, at my age, he still corrects me and I accept it without any problem at all, because he’s the coach for a reason.
“At my age, you could think that you know everything, you’ve done it all, but there are tactical details that you have to learn. That’s what the coach is there for.”