The departure of Luis Suarez from Barcelona is still regretted by a number of parties, many of which suspect that the new coach Ronald Koeman is the figure behind the striker’s departure. However, the Uruguay player revealed a different fact.
As is well known, Luis Suarez finally left the Catalan giants after approximately six years of “serving” at the Camp Nou. The Uruguayan striker agreed to terminate his contract last summer.
Initially, many suspected that Suarez’s departure was an element of coercion because the former Liverpool player was no longer part of the plans of new manager Ronald Koeman.
However, a different fact was revealed by the 33-year-old man. To ESPN, the former Ajax Amsterdam said that Ronald Koeman actually wanted him to stay and become a mainstay for Barcelona again next season.
However, the club officials consisting of the board of directors wanted the opposite.
“Koeman told me that I would not leave the club, and that I was still in the plan. It was not the coach, but the directors who removed me from Barcelona.” Suarez explained to ESPN.
Luis Suarez himself eventually left Barcelona with one year remaining on his contract at Camp Nou. He was then bought by a rival club, Atletico Madrid, through a pocket of no less than 10 million euros plus a conditional bonus.
The player recorded a neat performance in his debut match with Diego Simeone’s men by scoring two goals plus one assist.
“If a coach comes and says that you are not in his plans, then you must start wondering if Koeman or the directors did not want you there,”
“Koeman called and told me, but 10 days after knowing that I was going to leave. He said, if I could not find a new club, then he would consider me,” he added.
Suarez’s departure was regretted by a number of parties, including captain Lionel Messi, who actually wanted to leave Camp Nou last summer.
Meanwhile, while defending Barcelona, Suarez recorded 198 goals in 283 appearances in all competitions.