Pogba is always welcome at Barca – Suarez

Luis Suarez believes that Paul Pogba should be a challenge for more trophies than he is at Manchester United and would always be welcome in Barcelona.

Pogba has had a turbulent two years since he returned to Old Trafford for a world record price of 105 million euros ($ 121.7) and his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho is tense.

The 25-year-old rediscovered his best form away from his club, for France in the summer, when he inspired Les Bleus to world cup glory in Russia, on the way defeated in Uruguay and Suarez.

But since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United has failed to get close to the Premier League of Champions League, while Barca won three La Ligas and the Champions League at the time.

"Pogba is an elite player who has won everything and always wants the best," Suarez told RAC1 on Tuesday.

"He is a player with a lot of quality and one of the main players at United, and I think he would like to fight for more than what he was fighting for.

"But that's the way, he does not belong to Barcelona, ​​but he'll always be welcome." However, one five-year Champions League crown is a disappointing return for Barca, especially while Real Madrid rivals have dominated the tournament by winning three times in a row.

Lionel Messi, now captain after the departure of Andres Iniesta, has expressed his own wish to make up for it, with the striker also coming out of the problems of a moving World Cup with Argentina.

"He is really motivated, even more after the World Cup and the Champions League," said Suarez.

"But it is really a difficult game to win and Messi can not only win it, it has to be a team effort, as good as it is.

"Obviously, it is a frenzy for us because Madrid has won the Champions League in each of the last three years, they have written history and it is a thorn in the eye." – Overworked –


One criticism of trainer Ernesto Valverde last season was that he overloaded his players in La Liga, despite Barca having a big advantage at the top. Suarez also got the blame, and scored a league win against Leganes when he played 90 minutes, three days before they were defeated by Roma in Europe.

"When you are 30, you begin to realize that there are times when you have to rest," said Suarez.

"I often regret the match against Leganes at home when we had a big lead three days later in La Liga and the quarterfinals with Roma, I played the whole game and you get a bit tired.

"You have to do things in the big games at your best, I think the coach sees those little details." Suarez became 31 in January and scored 25 league goals in the past period. He wants to finish his career in Camp Nou, but admits that it will be difficult.

"It is complicated," Suarez said. "Look at players like Xavi and Andres (Iniesta), they are players who are ingrained in the club, but who are not ready yet.

"I am aware of the day that I do not have the level to play for Barca, I should leave, but every player's wish is to end here.

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