“It bothered me that they told me I was old”

In an interview with the magazine France Football, the attacker did not save criticism of Barça and his current coach, Ronald Koeman, who told him that he did not have him

The Uruguayan Luis Suárez assured that he was very upset by the way in which Barcelona let him know that he did not have him, that in Atlético de Madrid he found a club at the height of his ambition and that pride led him to show that he continues being among the best in the world.

“Barcelona needed changes, I accept that, but the ways bothered me, I have always tried to be at the level of the club, to give my best. It is not easy to spend six years at Barcelona and be at the level that I was . I think I deserved a certain respect in the way of telling me that they no longer loved me. With my pride, I told myself that I wanted to show that I am still worth it, “he said in an interview published this Tuesday by France Football magazine.

The attacker did not save criticism of Barça and his current coach, Ronald Koeman, who told him that he was not counting on him.

“It bothered me that they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at the highest level, be at the level of a great team. That disgusted me. If I hadn’t done anything in a club like Barça for three or four years it would. I would have understood, but every year I scored more than 20 goals. I always had good statistics, behind Leo “Messi, he said.

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He acknowledged that the change of city was difficult for his family, for his children who have moved away from their friends, but he considered it essential because “I would not be happy in a place where they do not love you.”

“It is important to feel that you have the strength to overcome difficult moments. That has always been one of my characteristics: I never lower my arms, even when I am going through difficult moments. That character was what made me come to this team, which fights for things. important, “he commented.

“One of the motivations was to show that you can still count on me. It’s a matter of self-love. After all those years spent at Barça, I wanted to show that I can be useful at the highest level, in the Spanish elite,” he added.

Suárez dismantled the idea that in the Atlético de Madrid he trains more than in Barcelona, ​​although he did acknowledge that the intensity may be greater, but concentrated in less time.

He also pointed out that in the rojiblanco club he plays in a position where he has more freedom of movement and that in the coach, the Argentine Diego Simeone, has found a technician who is confident in his quality as he once had with Luis Enrique at Barça.

“What motivates me is being in a club that has not won the league in a long time (2014) and that aspires to do so. But also a club that has the same desire as me to win the Champions League (it has been a finalist in 1974, 2014 and 2016). The competitive level of this club is incredible and corresponds to mine, my pride and my will to continue winning, even though I am 34 years old, “he said.

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Suarez He wanted to show that his performance did not respond only to being in a club like Barça and with a teammate like Lionel Messi.

“In recent years they said that it was easy to score when you play alongside Messi. Now I continue to score and I feel that what I do is given more value. I know what I’m worth. Not only did I score because I was playing alongside the best player in the world in a club like Barça. Also because of my quality, “he commented.

The Uruguayan recognized that he longs for his Argentine friend, “who was a friend beyond the player” and misses “conversations, not only about football, but also about life.”

To the question of who does he miss the most, if the Barcelona The Messi answered: “What is certain is that not the coach, who said he was happy with the decision to let me go. Maybe what Leo longs for is having an everyday friend.”

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