Luis Suarez has unapologetically slammed Ronald Koeman, accusing the Barcelona coach of ‘lacking personality’.
The former Liverpool striker was allowed to join Atletico Madrid in a £5.5million transfer from the Catalan giants last year following a phone call with the then newly-appointed Dutch boss.
The 34-year-old Uruguayan came back to join his former club last weekend, scoring the second goal to acquire a first league defeat of the season on Barcelona.
Suarez denied that the phone call gesture after scoring was directed at Koeman, but he has now criticized the 58-year-old publicly, insisting the Dutch coach did not make it clear if it was him or the club who wanted him gone.
‘The Koeman phone call to tell me that he was not counting on me lasted 40 seconds, it is not the way to get rid of a legend,’ Suarez told Gerard Romero’s ‘Jijantes FC’ Twitch channel via MARCA.
‘First, he told me that I would not be in his plans and then he told me that if I did not resolve my contract I was going to play (in the first game of the season) against Villarreal.
‘He didn’t have the capacity to tell me things clearly, if he did not want me or if it was actually the club that did not want me.’
Suarez also admitted that closing a step to last season’s Spanish champions was among the most hardest he has experienced as a player.
The ending of his Barcelona career came at the same time as close friend Lionel Messi’s transfer request to leave the club. The Argentine ended up staying another season before moving to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer on a free transfer.
‘They were very hard days because of everything I offered the club. I spoke with Sofía (his wife) and Leo after the call,’ Suarez added.