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Koeman: What I Told Suarez Before His Exit

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has finally revealed what he told Luis Suarez that led to the Uruguayan's move to Atletico Madrid.

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When Koeman took over last month, there were reports that Suarez was among the players he told was not needed for the 2020/2021 season.

Suarez eventually completed a move to LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid this week, prompting another outburst from Messi and a few former players about the club's handling of the matter,

However, Koeman insists there were decisions made before he had arrived but could only offer Suarez a bit-part role,

“It seems that I have been the villain of this film,” the Dutchman told a press conference on Saturday.

“But before I arrived here, some decisions had already been made and I supported those decisions – it wasn't up to me.

“I only showed respect to Luis Suarez as a person and a player. I told him that if he stayed it would be difficult for him to play but that he would be part of the squad.”

Read: Neymar & Eto'o Join Messi In Criticising Barca

Click through the gallery below to see Luis Suarez's unveiling at Atletico Madrid

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