Luis Suárez seeks to rediscover his footballing roots in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Luis Suárez says he wants to return to his soccer roots in Uruguay.

The 35-year-old striker announced on Tuesday that he is looking to join Nacional de Montevideo, the club where he started a brilliant career in 2005.

In a video posted on social media, Suárez said he had reached a preliminary agreement with the team and that “in the next few hours the details will be finalized”.

He became a free agent after his two-year contract with Atletico Madrid in Spain expired and had considered various teams he could join, drawing a flurry of calls from Nacional fans urging him to return to his first team.

“I wanted to thank you for all the love my family and I have received over the past few days, which has been overwhelming,” Suárez told the team’s fans. “It’s very exciting all the videos and messages that have reached us.”

Suárez is the Uruguayan national team’s all-time top scorer, with 68 goals in 132 games. Other teams he has played for in Europe include Liverpool in England, Barcelona in Spain and Ajax in the Netherlands.

The Associated Press