Suarez sheds new light on Barca exit

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Luis Suarez has shed new light on the circumstances surrounding his controversial departure from FC Barcelona.

After six trophy-laden seasons with Barcelona, in which Suarez scored 198 goals in 283 appearances, the Uruguay star was controversially discarded at the start of the season when he was informed by new club manager Ronald Koeman that he had no future at the Nou Camp.

The 34-year-old subsequently joined LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid on a reported free transfer and has since fired Los Colchoneros to a 10-point lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand, after netting a league-high 14 goals for the campaign thus far.

Suarez has since spoken out about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Catalan giants and revealed that he was surprised to learn that Koeman did not plan on using him.

"When Barcelona told me that they did not count on me it was hard, I did not expect it," he told El Transistor ht/ Marca. "They were very difficult moments because of the manner [in which it happened]. Koeman called me and told me that I was not in his plans.

"When Barcelona made it official that they did not count on me, conversations began with Atleti, with Cholo [Diego Simeone], with Miguel Angel...There was interest from many clubs, not just Juventus [but] I wanted to make the right decision, the best for me and my family."

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