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Suarez reveals what annoyed him most by Barca exit

Atletico vs Chelsea: Suarez reveals what annoyed him most about Barca exit

February 23, 2021 By Ali M.
The Uruguayan has rehashed his feud with his former employers after being forced out of the Camp Nou over the summer.

Luis Suarez won everything during his days at Barcelona, becoming the Blaugrana's second-best goalscorer in history, behind only Lionel Messi. However, despite all of this, the manner in which he left, or should we say forced out of, the Camp Nou suggests that he was not seen as a legend by the higher-ups. 

Since bidding farewell to the Catalan giants, the Uruguayan has been an outspoken critic of the Barcelona board, slamming former president Josep Maria Bartomeu for the disrespect he endured. The 34-year-old has now rehashed this topic, going into more detail as to what happened in his final days at the Blaugrana.

The South American icon sat down with France Football for an interview in the build-up to Atletico Madrid's highly-anticipated UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea. Here, he revealed what annoyed him the most about his exit.

"What really annoyed me was being told that I was old and that I couldn't play at the top level anymore, that I couldn't play at the level of a big team. That's what upset me," Suarez told the French magazine.

"Barcelona kicked me out, they told me they didn't have me in their plans anymore. Another question is if you still have a multi-year contract and the club wants to sell you.

"But the club indicated that they didn't want me anyway. They just didn't want me anymore. I deserved a certain amount of respect."

During his six-year spell in Catalonia, the former Liverpool and Ajax striker scored an astonishing 195 goals in 283 appearances. He contributed to 71 goals in his final two seasons there, scoring 44 and assisting 17. However, this mattered little to Bartomeu and Co.

"If I hadn't shown anything at Barcelona for three or four seasons I would have understood," Suarez added. "But I have scored more than 20 goals every season.

"I've always had good statistics, only behind [Lionel] Messi. I reached a certain level at Barcelona for six years and did what was expected of me."

Since joining Atletico, the Uruguayan has been nothing but a hit, scoring 16 goals so far in La Liga this season, with only Messi netting as many times. The 34-year-old admits that one key factor behind his excellent start at the Wanda Metropolitano is his desire to prove Barca wrong.

"After all these years at Barcelona, I wanted to show that I can still be useful at the highest level, within the Spanish elite," Luis stated.

 


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