‘The feeling that you’re being forced out was what hurt the most’: Luis Suarez reveals he ‘spent days CRYING’ after being pushed out at Barcelona by new boss Ronald Koeman this summer
- Luis Suarez left Barcelona this summer and joined rivals Atletico Madrid
- Suarez remains very angry at how he was being forced out from the Nou Camp
- Speaking on Uruguayan TV he detailed how he ‘spent days crying’ after his exit
Luis Suarez has detailed how he ‘spent days crying’ after being forced out of Barcelona this summer.
The 33-year-old, who was told over the phone by new boss Ronald Koeman that he would not be in his plans, secured a move to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million move.
But an exit from the Nou Camp proved emotional and Suarez admits he ‘didn’t take it very well’ when told to find a new club.
Luis Suarez cried for days after he was forced out of Barcelona in the summer transfer window
Suarez was told in no uncertain terms by Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman he was not needed
‘It’s difficult because it was a mixture of emotions,’ Suarez told Uruguayan channel AUF TV.
‘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.
He moved to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid and made an immediate impact against Granada
‘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.’
Suarez was linked to a switch to Italian champions Juventus before joining Diego Simeone’s Atletico in the Spanish capital.
He made an immediate impression for Simeone’s side last month, scoring twice and claiming an assist on his Atletico debut in a 6-1 drubbing of Granada.
Suarez’s exit was widely criticised, not least by close friend and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.
The outburst from Messi regarding Suarez came after the Argentine’s summer transfer saga as he sought to trigger a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away for free, ending a near two-decade spell with the club.
Suarez (right) admits he was ‘not surprised’ Lionel Messi (left) was angry following his sale
Suarez and Messi had formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch since his arrival from Liverpool in 2014, helping the club to win the 2015 Champions League title and four LaLiga titles.
‘I was not surprised about Messi because I know him too well, I knew the pain he felt, as I did,’ Suarez said after Uruguay’s 2-1 victory against Chile on Thursday, in which he netted a first-half penalty.
‘He felt they kicked me out of the club because of the forms. There were other ways to do things correctly with me. They were six long years and that bothered him too. I see him as a friend and he knows how badly we suffered.
‘My family wanted to see me happy. There are some strange things at Barcelona like sending you to train separately because you were not considered for the game.’
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