With five first-team appearances behind him early in the 2012/13 season, the 18-year-old signed a new, long-term contract with the club in October 2012. Rodgers was delighted with his progress: "At 18, he has demonstrated outstanding technical qualities but also shown very good temperament to play for such a prestigious club." Suso has represented Spain at different youth levels and started all five matches in the 2012 European Under-19 championships in Estonia which Spain won by defeating Greece 1-0 in the final in Tallinn. He made his u-21 international debut against Italy on 14 November 2012.
Still only nineteen years old when the 2012/13 season finished, Suso was probably satisfied with playing in twenty of the club's fifty-four competitive matches. But he only started in twelve of those twenty matches and that low total reflects how difficult it is for a young man in his position to hold down a regular place with a big club, especially if he is not playing in the country of his birth. The arrival of Brazilian Phillippe Countinho in January affected the number of first-team opportunities that Suso received in the second half of the season.
The day before Liverpool's senior squad was due to play its first pre-season match in the summer of 2013, Suso joined Union Deportiva Almeria on loan for the whole of the 2013/14 season, the club from Andalusia having just been promoted to Spain's top division after winning the end-of-season play-offs by beating Girona 4-0 on aggregate in the two-legged final. Suso was a regular as the Andalusian club returned to the top Spanish league after an absence of two years. With one round of fixtures remaining Suso had started 26 league matches and had come on as a substitute in seven more. he scored 3 times in those 33 matches. Almeria were not mathematically safe from relegation with one match remaining but knew that avoiding defeat in their final fixture at home to Athletic Bilbao would ensure their safety. Almeria drew that final match 0-0 with Bilbao and the point they gained was enough to ensure that they survived in Spain's top division for another season. AC Milan became the new destination for the young Spaniard when he was signed on a permanent transfer on 17 January 2015. However he failed to break into the Milan side on a regular basis and appeared just eight times in all competitions over the next year. After just one Serie A appearance in the first half of 2015/16 he was loaned to Genoa for the second half of the season, where he scored six goals in nineteen games.
The loan spell at Genoa was a fruitful one for Suso, scoring six goals in nineteen appearances. In 2016-17 he finally forced his way into the AC Milan starting eleven and finished the season with nine assists, the highest in Serie A. He continued this in 2017-18, signing a contract extension keeping him at the San Siro until 2022. He also earned his first cap for Spain. 2018-19 was another impressive season as he scored seven goals in 35 league starts and appeared three more times for his national side.
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I had good offers from them (Barcelona and Real Madrid). I was going to sign for Real Madrid but one day before it the phone rang and Rafael Benitez spoke to me. He convinced me that Liverpool was the club for me and after that I had to change my plans. I was going to come to Liverpool. I have always liked the Premier League more than La Liga and I decided that it would be better for me to come here - even with the English weather!"
Suso after signing his first professional contract with Liverpool on 22 November 2010
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|AC Milan||2014-2015||Italy 1||5||0||6||0|
|AC Milan||2015-2016||Italy 1||1||0||2||0|
|Genoa||2015-2016||Italy Serie A||19||6||19||6|
|AC Milan||2016-2017||Italy 1||34||7||37||7|
|AC Milan||2017-2018||Italy 1||35||6||50||8|
|AC Milan||2018-2019||Italy 1||35||7||41||8|