Denis Suarez confirmed he plans to leave Barcelona in the summer and hopes to remain in La Liga amid interest from Valencia.
After struggling to break into the Barcelona team, Suarez spent the latter part of last season on loan at Arsenal.
The Spanish playmaker hoped to relieve his glory days under his old Sevilla boss Unai Emery in north London. In Andalusia, they won the Europa League during the 2014/15 campaign with Suarez making 47 appearances.
But the 25-year-old’s time at Arsenal proved to be a disappointment because of groin injury problems. This restricted him to just six appearances for the Gunners before he returned to Barcelona.
However, the former Manchester City player has made it clear he doesn’t intend to remain in Catalonia for long.
“What I want is to leave Barca and play,” Suarez told El Larguero.
“My goal is to stay in the Spanish league. I have been in Barcelona for two months recovering from the injury and nobody from Barca has told me anything.”
Suarez has made 71 appearances in a Barcelona jersey across two separate spells and is under contract until 2021.
Mundo Deportivo claimed, though, that Suarez is set for a reunion with his old Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral at Valencia this summer. The Catalan-based newspaper claimed that Valencia general director, Mateu Alemany, and Barcelona CEO, Oscar Grau, had begun talks.
“Marcelino is the best coach I’ve ever had. I speak regularly with him,” Suarez said.
“It’s not true that I rejected Valencia. Valencia have never shown any interest in signing me as they are doing now.”
La Liga sides Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo have also expressed an interest in signing Suarez. Although their resolve will likely be put to the test as Barcelona have set an asking price of €20m for the one-time Spain international.