Luis Suarez has reportedly snubbed the chance to join Juventus once his Atletico Madrid deal expires in the summer.
The Uruguayan forward is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and is weighing up his next move away from Atletico.
According to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, Juve approached Suarez over joining them once he becomes a free agent but they were rejected by the player.
The report goes on to claim that Juventus have already began their search for a replacement for Alvaro Morata, who will be sent back to Atletico in the summer once his loan move in Turin comes to an end.
Morata has also been linked with a move to Barcelona but Juventus are reluctant to prematurely end his season-long loan move in January without a proper replacement.
And for Suarez, it’s not the first time he has been linked with a move to the Allianz Stadium, either.
The 34-year-old came close to joining the Old Lady in 2020 but the deal reportedly collapsed due to his need to obtain an Italian citizenship ‘as part of a requirement.
However, Suarez said that he may avoid playing his twilight years back home to avoid unneccessary criticism.
Speaking to ESPN, via Spanish outlet AS, he said: ‘If I return to any team from South America at 36 or 37 years of age, people will expect me to play like I did in my late twenties.
So if I can’t play at the highest level, I rather avoid unnecessary criticism if I don’t run enough or can’t score the same amount of goals as I did in Europe.
‘I want to play somewhere I am happy and comfortable. Also I want to play in a league where I can still perform and keep enjoying playing soccer.’
With this in mind, a move to Asia or America looks feasible when his contract comes to an end in 6 months time.