Luis Suárez spoke about his departure from Barcelona and his first months at Atlético Madrid during an extensive interview with the radio program “El Transistor” Zero Wave from Spain. The Uruguayan said that he had “very hard” moments while he resolved how the end of his cycle in the Culé team would be.
Suárez related how the conversations were with Ronald Koeman, Barcelona coach who at that time had recently assumed in the Catalan team. “The coach calls me one day and tells me that he had done the planning and that he was not going to count on me,” Suárez said. The Uruguayan’s response was “perfect, I accept your decision, but you know that I have a contract and that the club contact me because if the club does not want me, I will make the decision”, to which the Dutchman pointed out : “Yes, don’t worry, the club will talk to you”. That was it. He also said that they did not explain anything more to him and that he did not speak directly with the now former president Josep María Bartomeu but that all the dialogue was through lawyers.
In the program, they asked Suárez what he thought about what Lionel Messi expressed during his interview with journalist Jordi Évole, where he said that what the club had done with him had been crazy. “I think that was what a lot of people from Barcelona thought at that time, not only Leo, because of the form, at the moment, but you also have to understand. The player has to accept that the club wants to change and without any problem, that’s why I did not put any but, on the contrary, I wanted to facilitate things so that the club was calm, that the least I wanted was to make a problem, “he said .
He confessed that Juventus’ interest in hiring him was real, and that there were many other clubs interested. In addition, he referred to his attempt to get the Italian passport, and said that it was something he wanted to do before he knew the interest of the Turin team. “I continued to advance the passport because it was something that I had been trying to achieve for more than a year before and I continued to advance with the process,” he commented. On why he chose Atlético Madrid, he said that it was the proposal that most convinced him “for many things, because I would feel very comfortable in a club that always fights for important things, and because it was not going to be such a radical change change league and for the family to be close to our friends in Barcelona ”, he explained.
In addition, he commented that his first feelings in Madrid were “very good” after several weeks of sadness at saying goodbye to Barcelona. He said that he could immediately “change the chip” and know that he came to a club with new challenges. “People wanted me to be here and it was an invaluable demonstration for me. I will try to pay it in the best way, trying to be one more, not by coming from Barcelona or spending the time that one was there, one would believe better than any other teammate, and I will try to help the team in whatever way I can, “said Suárez .
In the Colchonero he is trained by Diego “Cholo” Simeone, of whom he said that “he is one of those coaches who convinces you by his mentality, his desire, his positivism and by what he knows as a coach who trusts in the qualities that one has”. “Despite the things that were said, that I could no longer perform at the highest level, he continued to trust and that is appreciated,” he added.
The forward was asked if he was surprised at how well everything had turned out, after starting his time at Atlético Madrid with 14 goals in 16 La Liga games played by him, and said that he is happy and calm that everything is doing well, but also feeling valued. “Many people thought that it is easy to play for Barcelona and score more than 20 goals per season; no, it is not easy, you have to keep up and you have to be with the critics and give up every three days. You cannot enjoy a beautiful moment because after two days you have the pressure and if you play badly, you will always be in the eye. And that they value me today, that they see that the goals that one made in Barcelona, Liverpool, Ajax, Groningen, Nacional and the Uruguayan team were made on their own merit, obviously because of the quality of teammates they have around, but due to merit of one who has the quality to continue being in the elite and not because he was in Barcelona and had the best player in the world at his side, “he said.