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Luis Suarez slams Koeman’s 40 seconds goodbye call

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Luis Suarez slams Koeman’s 40 seconds goodbye call

Luis Suarez slams Koeman’s 40 seconds goodbye call

Luis Suarez will not sympathize with Ronald Koeman, who is under pressure at Barcelona. Luis Suarez has revealed that a goodbye phone call from coach Ronald Koeman to inform him that he was no longer needed at Barcelona lasted only 40 seconds. In September last year, the Uruguayan made a football transfer to Atletico Madrid.

Koeman took over at Camp Nou last year in August and he lost no time in opting to transfer Suarez on, with Atletico Madrid reaping the benefits. This surprised many including Suarez, who had spent the previous six years in Catalonia scoring goals at a rapid pace. The former Liverpool striker scored 198 goals and added 97 assists, in 283 games winning LaLiga four times and the Champions League in 2015.

Earlier this month, in a match against his former club, Suarez scored for Atletico’s 2-0 win over Barcelona, piling the pressure on Koeman, who stood by and watched as the player he let go celebrated by pretending to take a phone call – a gesture Suarez insisted was not directed at his former boss.

Speaking to Gerard Romero on Twitch regarding his departure, Suarez revealed: “The call from Koeman to tell me that [I wasn’t in his plans] lasted 40 seconds, it’s not the way to say goodbye to a legend. First he told me that I wasn’t in his plans, and then he told me that if I didn’t get my contract sorted out I was going to play against Villarreal. He lacked the personality to tell me clearly if he didn’t want me or if it was really the club that didn’t want me.”

Suarez left at a time when Lionel Messi was also seeking to move on and he admitted it had been a tough period. “They were very difficult days because of everything I gave to the club. I spoke to Sofia [Suarez’s wife] and Leo after the phone call. It was a complicated year due to everything. Messi asked to leave and I was being sent away. Both of our families had a very bad time.”

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