Luis Suarez says he was ‘disrespected’ by Barcelona ahead of Atletico Madrid move

Luis Suarez says he was decided to go away Barcelona together with his “head held high” final summer season after being “disrespected” by the membership ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid.

The Uruguay striker left the Nou Camp in acrimonious circumstances in September as Barcelona’s second-highest goal-scorer of all time, having scored 198 objectives since signing from Liverpool in 2014.

Suarez, 34, had another yr to run on the contract he signed with Barca in 2016, however was informed by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he was not half of his plans and has since scored 14 objectives for Atleti after transferring to the Spanish capital for £5.5m, with Diego Simeone’s aspect 10 factors clear on the prime of La Liga.

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Only Lionel Messi has scored extra objectives for Barcelona than Luis Suarez

The former Liverpool ahead says he rejected the possibility to sit down out Barca’s pre-season whereas his move was finalised and didn’t communicate to now-former president Josep Maria Bartomeu over his exit.

“It was tough because of the way I was disrespected, but I wanted my children to see me leave the club with my head held high,” Suarez informed Onda Cero. “When the time got here to inform my youngsters in regards to the move, it was very troublesome. They’re older now and sensed there was going to be a change.

“There were some very tough moments surrounding my departure from Barcelona. There were rumours that were eventually confirmed and that’s what hurt me the most.”

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He added: “Koeman known as me and informed me I wasn’t in his plans. I accepted the choice, however I informed him I had a contract and the membership must type it out. I was given the choice to not present up for pre-season, however I mentioned that I was nonetheless below contract and that I was going to indicate up.

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“Nobody defined it to me correctly. I did not get to talk to Bartomeu. My lawyer took care of that.

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Suarez additionally spoke about his shut relationship with Lionel Messi

“Seeing how Barcelona are doing does reassure me in some way. I could’ve stayed put and been paid, but I still believed in my ability. I knew that if I stayed I’d be slated the moment there was a hint of bad form. I needed a change for my pride.

“The very first thing I mentioned in phrases of negotiations with Atletico was that I did not need to do something till I had left Barcelona. There was so much of discuss Juventus, however a lot of golf equipment have been . I stored transferring ahead with my Italian passport as a result of it was one thing I’d been doing for a yr.”

Suarez also spoke about his close relationship with Lionel Messi and was upset to see details of his former team-mate’s contract being leaked in the Spanish press.

“I arrived [at Barcelona] at some point and began to have mate [traditional South American drink] with Messi. We struck up an incredible rapport and have become like a household. Our wives started to have a implausible relationship, which additionally helped strengthen our personal great connection,” he said.

“I do not perceive how somebody might be evil sufficient to make one thing as personal as Leo’s contract public, contemplating the whole lot Messi has executed. No footballer has ever given as a lot to at least one membership.

“Only four or five people could’ve known about the contract, but I have no idea who it could’ve been. I spoke to Messi two years ago about how we were finding it harder and harder and maybe wouldn’t be able to retire in the way that we wanted.”

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Suarez has denied he had a strained relationship with Antoine Griezmann

Suarez additionally dismissed solutions of a strained relationship with Antoine Griezmann, who joined Barcelona in the summertime of 2019.

“We had a good relationship with Griezmann at the start,” he mentioned. “We were open with him and met up away from football. You can’t come out to deny everything because it would drive you crazy.”

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