David Beckham disappointed to see Luis Suarez leave Liverpool
Former England captain David Beckham likens Luis Suárez to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona
David Beckham has admitted that he is disappointed to see Luis Suarez leave the Premier League.
The Uruguay international is set to sign a five-year deal with Barcelona next week after the Catalan side agreed a £75m fee with Liverpool for the controversial striker.
You never want to see great talent leaving one of the biggest and strongest leagues in the world
Suarez is banned for four months from all football-related activity after the 27-year-old bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy in the World Cup.
And Beckham, who was famously sent off in England’s loss to Argentina in the second round of the 1998 World Cup, sees similarities between Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and Suarez.
“All I see is two great players. I know what he [Suarez] did is inexcusable, like me in 1998, but these things happen,” Beckham said.
“He’s come out and apologised. He understands he is a role model and I think that is one of the reasons he has come out so strongly and said it wouldn’t happen again.
“Eric was a great player, a legend, and a player I always looked up to. Same with Luis. For me, I look at his football talent and he is a hell of a talent.
“Liverpool were so close to winning the championship last year and he was a real big part of that. You never want to see great talent leaving one of the biggest and strongest leagues in the world.”