Denis Suárez has claimed that he "understood" Villarreal's decision to not sell him back to Barcelona during the January transfer window, and is committed to help the club achieve their targets in the second part of the season. The 22-year-old versatile winger added that he is currently "not thinking" about returning to Camp Nou at the end of the season, despite the La Liga giants having an option to buy him for just €3m (£2.29m, $3.27m).
Suárez moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2013 from the Manchester City academy, enjoying an impressive first campaign with the Catalans' second team, before being sent to Sevilla in a two-season loan to earn some playing time in the top flight. However, last summer Villarreal opted to break into the agreement between Barcelona and Sevilla, paying an undisclosed fee for him while giving the Catalans an option to buy him back for €3m in the summer of 2016.
In December, Luis Enrique suggested that Barcelona would try to bring Suárez back during the January transfer window, due to problems in securing Celta Vigo forward Nolito. However, Barcelona could not secure the former Manchester City star, because Villarreal refused to negotiate a mid-season departure.
Villarreal, through president Fernando Roig, confirmed the news: "Denis Suárez is a very important player for us and there is definitely no agreement for [the player to re-join Barcelona in the] middle of the season. At the end of the season, Barcelona will make a decision, as they have the possibility to get him back."
Suárez content for now
Suárez has now said he understand the club's position, and that he is happy to remain with Marcelino García Toral's side after enjoying an impressive opening to club's campaign.
"From the very first moment the club made it very clear the situation. I understood it and had very clear that I had and should continue at Villarreal," he said as quoted by AS. "The summer move to Villarreal was a very important decision for me but I now can say it was the right one.
"It was a chance to keep growing and especially to be a more important player. It has been the right move," said Suárez. "I am playing regularly, I feel an important player for Villarreal and especially I am enjoying my football."
While when asked whether he would like to return to Barcelona in the summer, he replied: "I don't think about it right now. It would be unfair for Villarreal if I would be thinking about what might happen in the summer, the important thing now is to be focused on the team and make things right at Villarreal."