Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has been accused by Celta Vigo’s club president of ‘betraying’ the club.
The 28-year-old is the subject of an astonishing public row, with the player and club chief engaging in a fierce war of words over his contract.
Suarez joined Celta from Barcelona in 2019, having previously had a season-long loan spell with Arsenal, and endured a nightmare time in north London.
The midfielder has made 104 appearances for Celta, netting on four occasions, but now the Spanish club is keen to offload given he earns £97,000-a-year.
President of Celta, Carlos Mourino, has revealed the player has been handed four offers to join other clubs and will earn more money, but Suarez is refusing to leave.
“We have given Denis Suarez four offers that increased his salary and all of them were rejected because they benefited RC Celta,” Moreno told Mundo Deportivo in a press conference on Thursday.
“He is forcing us to fire him to harm the club. I will not consent to it.
“There are many players in LaLiga who have not been called up and nothing has happened.
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“Denis Suarez is the only one who has denounced his club for this because he does not want to help, he wants to harm the club.
“He has been carrying out a great smear campaign against the club for a year on all its social networks, in unconfirmed information, in opinions that speak of his close circle.”
Mourino later declared the midfielder has no future with the Spanish side given ex-Arsenal man Suarez “has betrayed Celta, he has been lying for a year and I will never allow that”.
The player has since taken to social media to express his anger towards Mourino.
“Hello! Today the president has given a press conference about my situation and, since you are always there supporting me, I want to clarify some of his false statements,” Suarez said.
“It’s been many months since he threatened me that: ‘I’m going to make sure that Balaidos [Celta Vigo’s stadium] whistles for you’. It’s time to answer.
“Regarding the ‘incident’, the president says: ‘A club that pays a real millionaire and sells one of our players to earn 40,000 or 50,000 euros, really, it does seem like a betrayal to me to the club’.
Suarez continues: “I clarify it in three points… 1. I have the contract that Celta offered me and that I have fulfilled to the letter and with the love I have had for this club since I was a child. Contract, by the way, whose confidentiality I do respect.
“2. I have never sold a player from Celta or from any other team. I invite you to prove this statement with the relevant documents, as well as the income of the money you are talking about.
“3. Beyond this, it is Celta who has recognised that everything is false. You have to know our agreement as the internal regulations collect very serious sanctions (including termination without compensation) for players who act against the interests of the club.
“However, Celta has not only never imposed any sanction on me but has not even started any kind of case against me for that reason. Who lies then?
“The president says about my exit options: ‘We have given him four offers sought by us, one paid him 12 million euros net in three years’.
“I clarify: I never received such an offer from Celta. I invite you again to publicly show the document of that offer and my refusal… There is none.
“More about offers. He says: ‘Another team that was playing the Champions League and was swapping players asked for an awful lot of money’.
“I clarify: I will not say the name of the club out of respect, but the money problem was not on my part and it was on this team that had to sell due to a salary limit issue. He couldn’t undertake any operation, no matter how cheap.
“To close the topic of offers, of the other two that the president cites: ‘I brought one and there was no agreement on either side and I have no record of the other’.
“On training: ‘At no time is he away from the team. He does more than 75% exactly the same as everyone else’.
“I clarify: It is a subject that I cannot say more about as I am in Labor Inspection, but the words of the president and the images speak for themselves.
“Finally, he says: ‘We want to clarify that their only purpose is to harm Celta. He wants to go free to earn even more money’.
“I clarify: You have heard me offer solutions without any agency involved to the club to fix everything and be able to fulfil my dream, which is none other than to wear the Celta shirt. It still is.”
Suarez’s will leave for free when his Celta contract expires next summer at the end of the 2022/23 season.
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