Atletico Madrid striker has Luis Suarez has lambasted Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman over 40 seconds call made to him in which he was described as surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
Koeman wasted little time in deciding to move Suarez on after the Dutchman took the reins at Camp Nou in August last year, with Atletico Madrid the beneficiaries. The Uruguayan became the answer in their puzzle helping them win the La Liga title.
Many were suprised over the development, and even Suarez himself, having enjoyed a prolific six years in Catalonia.
The Uruguay international scored 198 goals and provided 97 assists in 283 games, winning LaLiga four times and the Champions League in 2015.
Suarez was on the scoresheet as Atletico ran out 2-0 winners over Barca at the start of this month, piling the pressure on Koeman. The Netherland coach watched on as the player he let go celebrated by pretending to take a phone call – a gesture Suarez insisted was not aimed at his old boss.
Speaking to Gerard Romero on Twitch regarding his departure, Suarez revealed: “The call from Koeman to tell me that [I wasn’t in his plans] lasted 40 seconds, it’s not the way to say goodbye to a legend.
“First he told me that I wasn’t in his plans, and then he told me that if I didn’t get my contract sorted out I was going to play against Villarreal.
“He lacked the personality to tell me clearly if he didn’t want me or if it was really the club that didn’t want me.”
Coincidentally, Suarez left at a time when Lionel Messi was also seeking to move away from the club. The former Liverpool striker admitted it had been a tough period.
“They were very difficult days because of everything I gave to the club. I spoke to Sofia [Suarez’s wife] and Leo after the phone call. It was a complicated year due to everything.
“Messi asked to leave and I was being sent away. Both of our families had a very bad time.”
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