Suarez can’t think too badly of the Premier League…!
West Bromwich Albion’s new signing Diego Lugano has indicated that a positive reference from Luis Suarez was very important in his decision to sign for the club, reports The Express.
Lugano, Uruguay’s 32-year-old central defensive captain recently joined from huge spending French club PSG, and joins Nicholas Anelka as a high-profile free transfer acquisition.
Suarez has a famously terrible relationship with the English media, mainly due to persistent diving, allegations of racism, and a proven biting incident. He clearly hasn’t tried too hard to put off his fellow countrymen, who admitted to talking to both Suarez and Gus Poyet about English football.
“I have some good friends working and playing in this country and I asked them about Albion,” said the no-nonsense defender.
“Suarez told me Liverpool got beaten twice by Albion last season, so that was a very good reference.”
“Both he and [former Brighton boss] Gus Poyet said Albion play very good football and are a serious club who want to accomplish something – and my first impression is amazing.
“Being in England and playing in the Premier League is just amazing for me. I’m very happy. I chose Albion because they are developing a lot. They had a very good last season and I hope to help them repeat that or even improve on it,” Lugano added.
West Brom finished eighth last year in Steve Clarke’s debut season in charge, but tailed off in the latter half of the season. Without loanee defender Romelu Lukaku up top this term, the Baggies will struggle to make the top half.
Luis Suarez is likely to start the season with Liverpool, where he will sit the first six games out on the side-lines due to suspension, as the club has again reiterated that he will not be sold.