Watford have rejected Real Zaragoza’s attempts to extend Luis Suárez’s loan deal at the club until the end of the season.
The Colombian striker has been on loan with the La Liga 2 side since the summer and shone, scoring 19 goals and registering six assists in 39 games in all competitions.
Those goals have been key to the Spanish side’s promotion push, with them securing a third-placed finish in the league and a place in the play-offs.
However, as the striker’s loan deal expired this summer, they had to request that Watford extend it until the end of the season so he could take part in those games.
That request though has been rejected by the Hornets, with CAR TV reporting the news via Twitter.
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This has been confirmed by Real Zaragoza president Christian Laperta, who revealed the news via a video, calling the decision an “attack against the integrity of the competition.”
“We received the news a few hours ago regarding Watford’s refusal to extend Luis Suárez’s loan contract beyond August 5th, despite the fact that the player wants to continue with us and play the play-offs,” CAR TV report him saying.
“This is an attack on the integrity of the competition.
“Today we don’t know the date of the play-off or the rival, but Real Zaragoza is already affected.
“We want to win the promotion in the play-off, but we want to do it in equal conditions.
“Everything that isn’t a guarantee that Real Zaragoza can play with all its available staff will mean an adulteration of it.”