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Luis Suarez has hit out at Barcelona for the way they handled his departure from the club this summer. The striker made the move to Atletico Madrid after being told by Ronald Koeman that he wasn’t part of his plans.
“It’s difficult because it was a mixture of emotions,” Suarez told AUF TV while on international duty in Uruguay. I don’t know if it was sadness for moving city, for my family, for my children… Like I say to them, they have to realise that we’re privileged because we got to spend six years in the same place and that’s not easy to do at a club like Barcelona.
“The possibility of going to Atletico Madrid came up. I had to change city, but life in Spain in similar. Obviously, when the club told me that they were looking to find me a fresh start, I didn’t take it very well because of how they went about things. You have to accept it when a cycle comes to an end. I spent days crying because of the situation that I was going through [after] how much I’d enjoyed it, how much I was valued as a player, how much I was loved, how I felt the warmth of the club that gave me a thousand amazing moments. From my debut… I have great memories”.
After a move to Juventus fell through, Suarez opted to stay in Spain with his family.
“They wanted to see me happy and smiling.” Suarez added. There are things that you don’t know, but going to train at Barcelona and them sending you to train away [from the first team] because you didn’t belong to the 22 players in an 11 versus 11… My wife was the one that saw I was upset, that had seen me with my head down and what she wanted was to see me laughing and happy on a pitch again. She let me make the decision and seeing the possibility of Atletico, I didn’t doubt it for a second.”
In his farewell post to Suarez on social media, Lionel Messi took a swipe at the Barcelona board.
“It didn’t surprise me because I know him all too well,” Suarez continued. I knew the hurt he was feeling, like he said and like I told him. The ways, the feeling that you’re being forced out and that was what hurt the most. We’re great. I’d spent six years at Barcelona and there were other ways of telling me. But they didn’t go about it in the right way and that’s what annoyed [Messi] too. I don’t see him as Leo Messi, as everyone else sees him. I see him as a friend, a team-mate and he knows what we’ve gone through, the bad stuff that we went through at that time”.