“It seemed that I have been the bad guy in this movie and it’s not like that. It was the decision of the club,” Ronald Koeman said of Luis Suarez’s exit from Barcelona.

“In the call, I have shown respect for him, but told him that it can be difficult to play, but if you stay, he will be one of the squad.”

“Before I signed the contract, the club was thinking about things and I have tried to support those things. They’re not just decisions of the coach. I respect Luis and we have spoken clearly about his future.”

“He had the opportunity to go to Atletico and I wish him luck.”

Suarez didn’t initially want to end his stay at Barcelona, he was quite willing to be a substitute under Ronald Koeman but the board needed to get rid of his huge wage bill due to COVID-19 crisis.

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