Updated 10/18/2020 at 07:08
Ronald Koeman has given details of the departure of Luis Suarez of the FC Barcelona in the transfer market past. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper ‘AD’, the coach of the Catalans confessed why he fired the Uruguayan striker by phone and not in a face-to-face meeting.
“I was on vacation, which made things difficult. So I picked up the phone, there was no other way. It is better to convey the message honestly and clearly. Luis Suárez still had a contract in force and could decide for himself what his future would be like. But I was clear. That is also the only option in this type of case, ”he said.
For the former coach of the Netherlands national team, the Barcelona he needed an immediate change up front. The new breed of young players should begin to take a greater role.
“It was clear in advance that things had to change. The club thought that, but I thought so too. In the form of play, but also within the squad. Young talents like Ansu Fati and Pedri are developing very well and Luis Suárez was one of the players who, in my opinion, would play less this season, ”said the former Everton coach.
Ronald Koeman also referred to the disappointment and sadness that the departure of Luis Suárez caused in Lionel Messi, the best friend of the Uruguayan striker.
“I understood very well that disappointment with him. But even then you have to be honest and clear. When Luis left us, he came to our training room especially to personally greet the technical staff. He wouldn’t if he blamed us, I think. We have acted openly and fairly, I think ”, said the coach.
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