Although four months have passed since he left Barcelona, Luis Suárez, Atlético de Madrid forward, is still very aware of the mistreatment he suffered at Culé by the leadership and Ronald Koeman, who when he took over as technical director told the Uruguayan attacker that he was not going to take him further into account.
“What really bothered me was that they told me that I was older and that I could no longer play at the highest level, be at the level of a great team. That’s what disgusted me. Barcelona fired me, they told me they no longer counted on me. Another question is if you still have a multi-year contract and the club wants to sell you. But the club indicated that they no longer considered me anyway. They just didn’t want me anymore. I deserved a certain respect“, said Suárez in dialogue with France Football.
And I add: “If I hadn’t shown anything at Barcelona for three or four seasons … I would have understood. But I have scored more than 20 goals each season. I have always had good statistics, only behind Messi. Today it has become clear that it is not easy to play. at Barcelona. A lot of purchases have failed to meet expectations in Barcelona. I reached a certain level in Barcelona for six years and did what was expected of me. “
On the other hand, the Pistolero explained why he decided to continue his career in the Cholo Simeone group. “With all my pride I said to myself that it would prove its worth. And that’s why I was drawn to playing for Atlético de Madrid, an ambitious club. Many people still wonder why I chose Atlético … The essential thing is the mind. It is very important to be strong in the head and feel that you have the means to reverse difficult situations. It has always been one of my characteristics: I never gave up, even in difficult times. It is this character that pushed me to come to this team (the Athletic) who fights for important things. One of my motivations was to be able to show that you still have to count on me. It is a question of self-esteem. After all these years at Barsa, I wanted to show that I can still be useful at the highest level, within the Spanish elite“revealed the Uruguayan.