Luis Suarez, Barcelona Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured Columnist

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Barcelona on September 28, 2016 at the Borussia Park stadium in Monchengladbach, Germany(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Barcelona announced on Thursday that Luis Suarez had extended his contract with the club until 2021.

On Friday, Barcelona shared a photo of Suarez signing his upgraded deal:

The Uruguayan striker's previous terms at the Camp Nou was still set to run until 2019, but Barca moved to tie him up for an additional two years given his phenomenal form.

Per Sky Sports, reports had linked Suarez with a move to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, but this new deal will effectively end any speculation about his Barca future.

"We want Luis Suarez to stay at the club for many more years," Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently said, per BBC Sport.

Suarez moved to the Catalan giants from Liverpool in 2014 for a reported £75 million fee following a phenomenal season with the Reds, during which he almost propelled them to a first league title since 1990.

Incredibly, he has kept his form consistent at the Camp Nou and is arguably now even better.

In two full seasons with Barcelona, he has won La Liga and the Copa del Rey two times apiece, claimed a UEFA Champions League and triumphed in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Suarez's goalscoring consistency has been quite staggering, as he has netted 66 times in 76 Liga games for Barca, winning the European Golden Shoe in 2015-16 after returning 40 league goals, per WhoScored.com.

Along with Neymar and Lionel Messi, the former Ajax forward is part of arguably the greatest front three of all time, and it is little surprise Barca have tied him to new terms even though his previous deal still had plenty of time left to run.

In a list of the world's best strikers, it's likely only Sergio Aguero and Robert Lewandowski could trouble Suarez for the top spot.

He is a phenomenal talent and is at the peak of his powers. Signing him to a new contract can only be good news for Barcelona as they go in search of a Liga, Copa and Champions League treble in 2016-17.

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