Luis Suarez brutally slams Koeman over phone call which ended his Barcelona career
The former Liverpool striker was permitted to join Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million move from the Catalan monsters last year following a call with the then recently selected Dutch chief.
The 34-year-old Uruguayan caused issues down the road for his former club last weekend, scoring the second goal to incur a first league rout of the season for Barcelona.
Suarez denied that the call signal in the wake of scoring was aimed at Koeman, however he has now criticized the 58-year-old freely, demanding the Dutch manager didn’t make it clear if it was him or the club who needed him gone.
Suarez told Gerard Romero’s ‘Jijantes FC’ Twitch channel through MARCA that the Koeman phone call to let him know that he was not relying on him lasted 40 seconds, and wasn’t the best approach to dispose a legend [Suarez] that he is.
‘The Koeman phone call to tell me that he was not counting on me lasted 40 seconds, it is not the way to get rid of a legend,’ Suarez told Gerard Romero’s ‘Jijantes FC’ Twitch channel via MARCA.
‘First he told me that I would not be in his plans and then he told me that if I did not resolve my contract I was going to play (in the first game of the season) against Villarreal.
‘He lacked personality to tell me things clearly, if he did not want me or if it was really the club that did not want me.’
Suarez likewise conceded that sealing a move to last season’s Spanish champion was among the most herculean he has encountered as a player.
The ending of his Barcelona career came simultaneously as his dear friend Lionel Messi‘s transfer request to leave the club. The Argentine ended up staying one more season prior to moving to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free transfer.
Suarez also added that they were truly challenging days because he provided and gave his all to the club.
‘They were very difficult days because of everything I gave to the club. I spoke with Sofía (his wife) and Leo after the call,’ Suarez added.