Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has revealed how he was reduced to tears by Barcelona’s treatment of him, in his final weeks at the club before leaving for La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
Suarez became Barca’s third all-time top scorer with 198 goals in six years at the club and helped the team win four La Liga titles, four domestic cups and the 2015 Champions League.
But the 33-year-old was forced out with one year left on his contract and has also revealed that he was not allowed to take part in training matches in his final weeks at the club.
“Those days were very difficult. I cried because of what I was having to go through,” said Suarez.
“I didn’t take the club’s message that they were looking for a solution for me in order to mix things up very well. I was hurt most of all by the way they did things, because one has to accept it when a cycle comes to an end.
“Not everyone knows what happened but the worst thing was going to training and being sent to a different group from everyone else because I was not allowed to play in practice matches,” he said.
After being told by new coach Ronald Koeman he was no longer in the team’s plans, he was excluded from the squad for the team’s three pre-season matches before agreeing a switch to Atletico on a free transfer.
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By Ofhani Munyai