LUIS SUAREZ insists he can’t “forget” the way Barcelona exiled him and terminated his contract.
Luis Suarez is smiling again after winning LaLiga in his first season with Atletico and scoring in Saturday’s 2-0 win over old club BarcelonaCredit: Rex
Despite winning the Champions League once and LaLiga four times in six years with Barcelona, Luis Suarez feels his exit was badly handledCredit: Getty – Contributor
“They should sit down with me, one-to-one, and explain everything.
“Then don’t tell me that if the termination of my contract isn’t done by Wednesday, that you’ll count on me against Villarreal. Either one thing or the other.
“They sent me to pitch 3 or pitch 4 to train alone.
“Of course, these are things you don’t forget.”
Suarez was the major victim after Bayern Munich’s 8-2 win at Barcelona in the single leg Champions League quarter-final back in August 2020.
Ronaldo Koeman made it clear the 125-cap superstar would go.
And although Suarez remains upset at Koeman’s man-management he accepts his own standards had dipped – on the pitch.
He said: “We didn’t show our level the year that we lost against Bayern — yes, we’re aware and very self-critical as players.
We’re the ones responsible. It’s one thing to lose; how you lose is another thing. Yes, you have to be self-critical.
“But then you have to value it — it isn’t easy to go to Barcelona and keep yourself at the level that I did, for example.
“Anyone can go to Barcelona, but the thing is to maintain your level with the demands at that club. I have to be proud of that.
“Seeing what’s happening at the club hurts. It hurts as the fan that I am, because I have a lot of affection for the club.
“It gave everything to me; it trusted in me in a difficult moment in my career.
“It hurts for my friends there, the friendships, the people that work inside the club on a daily basis. It hurts, yes it does.”
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