Luis Suarez has been blunt in front of goal for Barcelona with Lionel Messi making a club request.
The Uruguayan is one of the most lethal strikers in world football, and his heroics for the Catalans has seen him guide his side to two La Liga titles.
Though he’s hit a rough patch. Suarez has only bagged three league goals, while weighing in with one assist from eight fixtures, this campaign.
He failed to hit the back of the net against Sevilla over the weekend, with Paco Alcacer scoring a brace to secure all three points.
Following his match winning performance, Alcacer is being tipped for a starting spot potentially in place of the misfiring Suarez.
However, Messi is hoping Ernesto Valverde keeps him in the starting XI despite his poor run of form.
According to reports from Spanish outlet Diario Gol, the Argentine ace is well aware of Suarez’s performances but wants him to remain in Valverde’s side.
Meanwhile, Alcacer, 24, is also doing the rounds in the transfer rumour mills, with the striker linked with a move away from the Camp Nou.
But he wants to continue working alongside the likes of Messi and Suarez.
“I am very clear about what I want,” Alcacer said via Express after his two-goal haul against Sevilla on Saturday.
Alcacer added: “And what I want is to continue working here and improve day by day with Luis and Leo. They are the best forwards in the world and I want to learn a lot from them.”
Once the pesky international fixtures are in the books, Barcelona travel to Leganes in the league before playing last seasons Champions League finalist Juventus in Europe.