Watford owned player Luis Suárez has been a key figure in helping Real Zaragoza finish third and qualify for the play-offs this season.
With 19 goals and six assists in La Liga 2, the Colombian is the Spanish club’s top scorer, and is second in the league’s goalscoring charts.
Zaragoza managed to extend the striker’s loan deal until August 5th, but Watford didn’t want to hand them another extension, which would have enabled him to represent them in the play-offs.
On Tuesday, AS reported the Segunda División side were ‘desperately negotiating’ with Watford to retain the 22-year-old until the end of the season.
However, the English side turned down Zaragoza’s request and officially communicated the same to their Spanish counterparts on Tuesday.
Zaragoza president Christian Laperta insisted Suárez wanted to represent them in the play-offs. Watford’s latest decision has left the player frustrated, and he has publicly expressed his disappointment.
“It’s a pity, because as a player this is the most beautiful thing and they won’t let me finish what I started with my teammates,” Suárez told Zaragoza’s official website.
“You had to have these situations ready in time so that what is happening to me would not have happened. I find it a real shame what has happened to me.”
Despite his absence, the Watford owned striker believes Zaragoza can still climb to La Liga.
“It hurts a lot for my teammates, who have given everything during this season, for the fans, for the club and for a whole city. I am confident that they will be able to achieve the goal. I am sure that Real Zaragoza will go up to the first division,” Suárez concluded.