Those at the Etihad Stadium bought into the potential of a midfielder playing the ball when acquiring him from Celta Vigo in 2011. Only two competitive performances were taken for City, before heading home to connect with Barca.

“Brutal” training alongside Leo Messi and Andres Iniesta

Denis Suarez believes that he could have earned a regular role if he had stayed at Manchester City. But did not regret that he decided to head for Barcelona in 2013 and take in “brutal” training alongside such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Those at the Etihad Stadium bought into the potential of a midfielder playing the ball when acquiring him from Celta Vigo in 2011. Only two competitive performances were taken for City, before heading home to connect with Barca. Another move to Villarreal was required before a first-team door opened at Camp Nou, and Suarez was returned to Catalunya to form part of the star squad.

 

From that moment on, things were not gone as planned, with the forgetful loan spell at Arsenal before returning to Celta permanently, but the 26-year-old believes he made the right career calls.

Denis preferred to play for Barca

Denis told reporters: “I’ve been in City for two years. They wanted to extend to me, but I preferred to go to Barcelona. Nobody knows what would happen.” Maybe if I stayed, I would play there regularly, but I made this decision to go to Barcelona, and it was right for me because I played a lot of games for their first team. “And train with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta – brutal. Leo is the best. Andres is an example for me. I could not wait to learn from them and play with them, Messi trains how he plays, he likes to win: in every session, he has to win. “But in City, I trained with David Silva, and he is right up there. You guys in England fully appreciate Silva’s brilliance, but in Spain, I’m not sure that everyone understands how amazing he was.

Davis Silva was City’s best player for the past decade

Silva has reached the heights of Xavi and Iniesta. I can’t speak authoritatively about the whole history of City, but Silva has, without question, been City’s best player for the past decade. “Injury problems have hindered Suarez’s progress in recent years, but he has found again form at Celta and could make him return into contention for international recognition now that Euro 2020 was repelled at 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. He added: “Of course, it helps me personally. Obviously! “My priority right now is to play football regularly and compete for a place in the Spanish national team. I feel that Celta is the right place for this. I have returned home because the more games I play, the more chances I have.

“This season, I had some problems with my ankle. But I have had phases where I play a lot, creating chances, in the early days for the final passes. That’s what I want to show.”