Inside Messi and Suarez’s lunch in Madrid with transfer talks ongoing

While Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona is uncertain, his bond with Luis Suarez has been unwavering even after the Uruguayan left Camp Nou last summer.

The Blaugrana chose not to extend Suarez's contract after six glorious years, allowing him to join La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on a free transfer.

This brought to an end a golden era for Barca during which Suarez, 34, and Messi, 33, fired them to four league titles and a famous continental treble in 2015.

The pair's incredible partnership on the pitch extended off it too, and they have remained in regular contact since Suarez's move away from Catalonia.

With one round of fixtures remaining in the domestic season, Messi took advantage of the two-day break Ronald Koeman granted to the Barcelona squad to visit Suarez on Monday.

As reported by Spanish outlet Sport , the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was eager to wish his friend well as he bids to lead Atletico to La Liga glory on Saturday.

Victory at Valladolid will see Diego Simeone's side crowned champions for the first time on 2014, while they may not need to win if second-place Real Madrid slip up at home to Villarreal.

Suarez and Messi met in an Italian restaurant, Numa Pompilio, in Madrid's picturesque 'Golden Mile' along with their wives, Sofia Balbi and Antonella Rocuzzo respectively, who are also great friends.

It marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two prolific forwards since Barcelona and Atletico's 0-0 draw earlier this month.

The stalemate came as a huge blow to Barca's title hopes and they have since dropped out of the race, but Atletico have won their last two games to have the advantage heading into the final day.

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Messi is said to see Suarez's success as his own and the report claims he felt he had to travel to the Spanish capital to encourage him ahead of a vital weekend.

Though he was hurt by Suarez's departure, Messi has not given up hope they may rekindle their world-beating partnership one day.

The Argentine legend's contract is up this summer and talks with Camp Nou chiefs have proved unproductive thus far amid speculation of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Suarez, meanwhile, has one year remaining on his deal at the Wanda Metropolitano. There is a clause included which would allow him to leave for free this summer, but it is hard to see why he would choose to after his stunning 20-goal season with the club.

But his lunch with Messi is a reminder of the duo's deep bond, and gives fans hope they may see the two icons line up together again one day.

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