Luis Suárez does not blame trainer Ronald Koeman for not appearing in his plans and having to leave FC Barcelona after six years. The Uruguayan signed with Atlético Madrid on Wednesday and said an emotional farewell at Camp Nou on Thursday at a press conference.
‘Strange to Play My Friends’
“I have no problems with the trainer,” said Suárez. “The club wanted a change and I was no longer in the plans. I already heard those stories and so I already expected the bell from Koeman. That’s how it goes in football, and I accept that.”
The 33-year-old Suárez then lashed out at the Spanish media, which wrote extensively in recent weeks about the problems at Barcelona and the forced farewell of many players, including the experienced striker.
“It was a crazy month. Leaks to the press and the media have made up stories. That pisses me off,” said Suarez, who is the third base player to leave after Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla) and Arturo Vidal (Internazionale).
Suárez also spoke highly of Barcelona with the necessary emotion, with which he became champion four times and won the Champions League in 2015.
“I will always be a Barcelona fan. I will have a lot of friends from this time. It will be strange to play against my friends with Atlético, but of course I will do everything I can to make it a great match. My friendship. with Lionel Messi it will not change either. In Uruguay and Argentina we are also each other’s opponents. “
The fact that he remains active at Atlético at the top of La Liga played an important role in Suárez’s choice for the Madrid club. “I wanted to go to a club that can compete with ‘Barça’, and that is Atlético. I spoke with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godín and that gave me a good feeling, although many more clubs showed interest.”
Suárez may already make his debut for Atlético this weekend. The team of trainer Diego Simeone will play at home against Granada in La Liga on Sunday.
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