Barcelona had to sell some crucial players in the summer transfer window to raise their transfer budget and do business. Ronald Koeman sacrificed veterans like Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, and Luis Suarez so that he can reconstruct the squad to compete in La Liga and Champions League. However, he admitted that not all the decisions were taken by him regarding the player sales.
Selling Luis Suarez: an ungrateful decision
The former Barcelona board along with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu pulled the strings behind the doors and triggered Luis Suarez’s transfer to Atletico Madrid for 6 million euros.
Bartomeu also blocked Suarez’s free transfer prior to his final deal with the Rojiblancos. The 33-year-old broke down in the press conference where he bid goodbye to the Catalan outfit. Barca captain and close friend Lionel Messi did not like how Suarez had to leave the club without a proper farewell and criticized the management for doing so.
The Uruguayan International had a flying start to his career at the Wanda Metropolitano scoring a brace on debut. He has proved Barcelona did not make a wise move to let him leave in the summer.
Suarez ’will not celebrate’ against Barcelona
The Blaugrana is scheduled to face Atletico Madrid after the international break ends. The fixture is a big match in La Liga and Suarez’s rivalry with his former club will add a different flavour to the match. During his interview with AS, Suarez answered some critical questions on facing his previous club where he is the third-highest goalscorer of all time. Luis Suarez acknowledged his respect for Barcelona will hinder him to celebrate if he nets against them. He holds much honour for his teammates who used to bond up with him a few months ago.
However, Suarez says he will give his all for his current club as calls the match ‘special’ to him. The 33-year-old has made himself comfortable in his new club and can make difference in a decisive match. Diego Simeone hopes to win the match and take the lead of La Liga as Luis Suarez will try to prove his excellence with his goal-scoring capabilities. He did decode as Atletic’s previous season as unlucky and has a tendency to lose in finals. The Uruguay International he can contribute to his new club’s success and win major silverware for Atletico Madrid.