Speaking to ESPN, Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone explained how the club went about signing Luis Suárez from Barcelona.

I was very happy from the first day I spoke with him, I had already spoken with him when he was at Liverpool, in a bid to sign him but he chose Barcelona.

“And when the possibility [for Atlético to sign him] appeared, the club called me and said, ‘What do you think about the possibility of Luis Suárez coming?’ and I replied, ‘Are you serious?’ Don’t ask me, let’s go for it, let me talk to him’.

“I called him and the first thing I said to him was, ‘Look, Luis, we need to win, and you want to win, the door is open.’ There are players who are chosen with the magic wand, like Suárez, who is a winner.

“He came with all the questions about his departure at Barcelona and arrived with a rebellion of a 20-year-old boy, with an enthusiasm, wanting to show that he was a force. And when a guy who is used to winning, joins a team that needs to win it can paint [a perfect picture].”