Matias Suarez Reveals Plan to Leave Anderlecht After Brussels Terror Attacks

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2016

ANDERLECHT - SEPTEMBER 17: Matias Suarez of Anderlecht in action during the UEFA Europa League match between RSC Anderlecht and AS Monaco FC at Stade Constant Vanden Stock on September 17, 2015 in Anderlecht, Belgium. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez has revealed he wants to leave the Belgian club in light of the recent terror attacks in Brussels.

The Argentinian forward has said he fears for his safety in the city and will seek to move in order to protect his family, per Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror:

It’s nothing to do with the country, which is incredible.

I love Belgium and the people here. But I’ve talked to my agent and my wife already and for the safety of the family we’ve decided to leave in June.

After everything that happened in Paris, people have changed completely here.

In the streets and shopping centres you don’t see many people. People basically don’t leave their homes because of this fear.

In Brussels we have a neighbourhood where lots of jihadists live and lots of people who are involved in these awful things and, unfortunately, talking to my wife and my friends we knew something like this was going to happen.

The atrocities were committed on Tuesday in the Belgian capital, with both the international airport and a metro station in the city targeted by bombers.

The events meant the Belgium national team were sent home from training on Tuesday and their friendly match with Portugal in Brussels was rearranged to be played in Leiria, Portugal, after initially being called off, per BBC Sport.

National team captain and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany posted his own reaction on social media:

Vincent Kompany @VincentKompany

1) Horrified and revolted. Innocent people paying the price again. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. #Brussels

Vincent Kompany @VincentKompany

2) I wish for Brussels to act with dignity. We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be. #Brussels

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While this is an emotional time for all in the country and particularly residents of the city, it seems as though Suarez is clear in his thinking. He also revealed how these attacks shook him up, reiterating his desire to find a new club.

“I was very scared. I tried ringing to find out if my daughter was OK and if I had to go and get her,” he said, per Malyon. “It’s scary, more than anything for the family. That is why we will leave.”

Matias Suarez of RSC Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between RSC Anderlecht and KAA Gent on August 9th, 2015 at the Constant Vanden Stockstadion in Brussels, Belgium.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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The 27-year-old has played for Anderlecht since 2008, having signed from Belgrano. He has helped Anderlecht to four league titles. They finished the regular season in third place this term, with Suarez netting five goals in 23 appearances.


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