Luis Suarez says the phone call in which Ronald Koeman told him he was surplus at Barcelona lasted for 40 seconds
In August last year, Ronald Koeman took over Barcelona and wasted no time in deciding to move Suarez on after the Deal, with Atletico Madrid the beneficiaries.
This came as a surprise to many, not least of all Suarez himself, with him having enjoyed a prolific six years at Barcelona
The former Barcelona forward 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, who 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.
“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.” Suarez revealed.
Suarez departure came at the time Messi asked to leave and Suarez leaving triggered Messi’s desires to leave.
“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.” Suarez added
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