February 25, 2021

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Thomas Tuchel admits he and PSG were keen to sign Luis Suarez last summer (Chelsea FC)

Thomas Tuchel has dismissed Chelsea’s chances of signing Luis Suarez ahead of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening.

Following Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez last summer, Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain were keen to sign the Uruguay international.

However, the former Liverpool striker opted to remain in Spain and join Atletico where he has quickly become a key part of Diego Simeone’s side.

‘It was a possibility. We heard the rumours he was about to leave Barcelona, and who cannot be interested in signing one of the best strikers in world football history and the present?’ Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Atletico in Bucharest.

‘We tried our luck, we did not make it. He decided to stay in Spain, move to Atletico, and has proven his quality.

‘He is a natural striker, a born striker, and has the certain mentality that only strikers have.

Luis Suarez has 16 goals in 24 appearances for Atletico Madrid this season (Getty)

‘This mentality is to show his will, intensity and anger to score, score and score. He is never satisfied.

‘So what a mentality, what a player. I’m not involved in his history with Chelsea and to me it’s never good to look too far in the past. We only look forward.

‘We play him tomorrow with Atletico and we know about his qualities. We are aware of them and will try to stop him from scoring.’

Asked if he would consider signing Suarez this summer, Tuchel replied: ‘I don’t know.

‘That was down to a particular moment and he maybe would’ve been a fit to our squad in Paris. Now things are different.

‘He is under contract now at Atletico Madrid and it’s not worth thinking about it, honestly. I haven’t and the possibility is high we won’t think about it.’

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