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Suarez should snub Barca for Madrid, says Scholes

ESPN staff
July 5, 2014
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Paul Scholes believes Luis Suarez would be better off joining Real Madrid than Barcelona and has raised doubts if the Uruguayan can be part of the same side as Lionel Messi.

Barcelona are in talks with Liverpool and are thought to be close to sealing a move for Suarez, which could ultimately cost the La Liga giants between £70-80 million.

However, Scholes feels Suarez might not get a chance to succeed at the Nou Camp if Barcelona's record scorer Messi does not want to be part of the same side as him.

Scholes wrote in his Paddy Power blog: "If Luis Suarez does sign for Barcelona from Liverpool, will Lionel Messi 'accept' him? Suarez is a centre forward and he won't want to play out wide. I can't see Suarez and Messi linking well together.

"It seems to me, if Messi likes you, you'll play. If he doesn't, you're wasting your time. And, to be honest, I think Suarez is making a bit of a mistake going to Barcelona: he'd be better suited to Real Madrid."

Scholes' thoughts follow those of his former team-mate Michael Owen, who claimed Liverpool would be right to sell Suarez if the club can get more than £70m for him. Owen believes Suarez would find it difficult to rebuild his reputation in England following the latest biting scandal.

Suarez is currently serving a four-month worldwide ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, although FIFA has confirmed the suspension would not affect any potential transfer to Barcelona. However, should he move, Suarez would not be allowed to train with his new team-mates, as part of his sanction.

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