Striker Luis Suarez appeared at a press conference today at the end of his career with Barcelona, and the occasion was an opportunity for the player to talk about what he had experienced in recent weeks after being asked to leave the Catalan club.
Suarez was unable to hold himself up at the beginning of the conference and his tears were affected by the moment of farewell after a historic trip with Barcelona, and he stopped for a moment from talking before he went about answering journalists’ questions.
He said that when he received a call from the new coach, Ronald Koeman, he knew what the Dutch coach would say, and indicated that he had asked management to allow him to train with the team until a solution was found regarding his future.
# 9raciasLuis: ❝It’s always special when you face your former team … It will be special for them as well.❞
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In answer to a question about his remorse for something during his career with Barcelona, he said, “I am proud of what I have given to the club and I do not regret anything, on the contrary, I have played many times injured and endured the pain.”
Regarding his relationship with Lionel Messi, he said, “Everyone knows my relationship with Messi. When I arrived in Barcelona, some of Leo warned me, but things went well. I know what he thinks and he knows what I think. There has been a lot of false news in the last month, but I tried to get away from it all. “
Suarez indicated that he had received many offers after being informed of the exit from Koeman’s accounts, and confirmed that he had chosen Atlético de Madrid because it was a team capable of competing with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 23, 2020
He explained that he had spoken with his compatriot Godin and fellow Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann before making a decision to move to Atlético de Madrid, describing the team coached by Diego Simeone as ambitious and competitive.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was alongside Suarez during the press conference, and a number of his colleagues, including Messi, Pique and Jordi Alba, were also present.