‘I will point to those responsible’: Luis Suarez reveals he will make his feelings clear to the Barcelona board if he scores for Atletico Madrid against his former club next month
- Luis Suarez left Barcelona in acrimonious circumstances over the summer
- The Uruguayan striker was abruptly told that he had no future at the Camp Nou
- Suarez left for Atletico Madrid and they play Barca in LaLiga on November 22
- And the striker says he will point to the Barca board should he score next month
Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez says he will ‘point to those responsible’ for his Barcelona exit if he scores against his former club next month following his acrimonious departure from the Camp Nou in the summer.
Suarez, 33, was told he was not part of new manager Ronald Koeman’s plans at Barca, despite six successful years at the club where he formed a close bond on and off the pitch with captain Lionel Messi.
Though Messi did not get the move away he desired in the summer, Suarez was told he had no future and moved to LaLiga rivals Atletico – and the Uruguayan insists he will make a point to the Barca board should he score in their league clash on November 22.
Luis Suarez joined Atletico Madrid from Barcelona in an acrimonious move this summer
Suarez spent six successful years at Barcelona but was allowed to leave the club this year
‘I will not shout “goal” but I will point to those responsible. I spent six years there and felt I had earned respect,’ Suarez said, as reported by The Mirror.
‘I deserved to know my fate before I found out from the press. Also the coach Ronald Koeman came to me saying that he doesn’t count on me.
‘But that was after the leadership of the club had already said there was going to be a change of players.
‘That raises doubts about whether it was the coach’s decision or a directive from above.’
Suarez fell out with the Barcelona board, led by under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu
The Uruguayan was close to tears as he said farewell to Barcelona ahead of his transfer
Suarez made a blistering start to life under Diego Simeone at Atletico, scoring twice on his debut against Granada on September 27.
The striker recently suggested the real reason Barcelona got rid of him was because he was too close to Messi, who had tried to leave earlier in the summer.
Suarez told ESPN: ‘There are a lot of contradictions [in Barcelona’s version of events].
‘I would have looked for a solution if it was a financial problem and if it was a sporting issue I could have understood. It is not clear to me why they took the decision they took.
Suarez believes Barca got rid of him was because of his close relationship with Lionel Messi
‘I think they wanted to remove me from Messi’s side. Maybe it annoyed them that I had a good relationship with Leo.
‘Perhaps they didn’t want him to be with me so much. I can’t find any reason to think that would damage the team, though. We looked for each other constantly on the pitch, but for the good of the team. Maybe they wanted him to play with more team-mates.
‘That could have something to do with it. I can’t find any other reason to want to separate us because we got on well on the pitch.’
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