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Suarez: What Really Annoyed Me About Barca Exit

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has revealed what really annoyed him about the way he was forced out of FC Barcelona during the off-season.

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After six years with the Catalan giants, the Uruguayan forward was told by the club he had no future following the appointment of Dutch manager Ronald Koeman.

The former Netherlands boss is understood to have explained to Suarez that he was no longer needed via a phone call upon his arrival as first-team manager, a decision that reportedly came from the club's hierarchy.

Although the forward has spoken about his exit from the Blaugrana several times since, the Atletico star has now revealed that what really upset him was being told he was no longer good enough to play at the level he currently is.

"What really bothered me was when they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high level, be up to (the task of fronting) a great team," Suarez told France Football.

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"That's what I did not like. If I hadn't done anything at a club like Barca for three or four seasons, I would have understood.

"But, every year at Barca, I scored more than 20 goals per season. I have always had good statistics, just behind Leo (Messi).

"Today, we can see that it is not easy to play at Barca... A lot of players who signed there did not have the level that was expected of them. Me, I played for six years at Barca maintaining a certain level and living up to what was expected of me.

"At Barca, circumstances have changed, the club needed changes. And I accepted it. The only thing that bothered me was the way (his exit happened). I think I deserved some respect.

"It was a decision that I could not prevent. I felt like I was no longer being counted on, so with my pride I told myself that I was going to continue to show what I am worth. This is why the idea of going to Atletico, a competitive team, appealed to me."

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Suarez scored 195 goals and assisted a further 113 strikes in 283 appearances across all competitions during his time at Barcelona.

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