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'Koeman Called Me And Told Me That I Was Not in His Plans' - Luis Suarez Opens Up About His FC Barcelona Exit

Ali Shibil Roshan
Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez has opened up about his departure from FC Barcelona in the summer as the Uruguayan striker revealed he did not expect the Catalan outfit's decision to not count on him.

Suarez joined Barcelona's La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on a free transfer in the summer after his proposed move to Juventus fell through.

The 34-year-old has been in sensational form for Los Rojiblancos since joining, and, having already scored 14 goals in the Spanish top-flight so far this season, he is leading the goalscoring charts.

Speaking to El Transistor, Suarez admitted it was hard on him when Barcelona said they were not counting on him. The Uruguayan also revealed Juventus were not the only club interested in signing him in the summer.

"When Barcelona told me that they did not count on me it was hard, I did not expect it," Suarez told EL Transistor [via 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 [Simeone], with Miguel Angel...

"There was interest from many clubs, not just Juventus. I wanted to make the right decision, the best for me and my family."