Luis Suarez makes transfer decision that throws further shade at Barcelona

It has certainly been a rollercoaster last nine months for the ever-intriguing Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan forward had it made crystal clear to him by the incoming Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman in August that he was not in his plans, with the Dutchman seemingly of the opinion that the former Liverpool man was too old, with his best days long behind him.

Suarez was permitted to leave for Atletico Madrid for free, with Koeman clearly so unworried by the 34-year-old that he allowed him to join a direct La Liga rival.

How foolish that decision looks now.

Suarez has been at his brilliant best all season, scoring 21 goals and creating three assists to help inspire his side.

And his sweetest strike of all came on Sunday, when he grabbed the winner as Atletico came from 1-0 down to beat Real Valladolid 2-1 to clinch the title while Barcelona disappointingly finished third.

To make matters worse for Barca, Suarez looks set to be a thorn in their side for at least another season, with the player confirming he will not be going anywhere this summer despite transfer speculation.

And he also appeared to aim a sly dig at Barca as he compared the way he has been treated at Atletico to at the Nou Camp.

Suarez holds aloft the La Liga trophy
Suarez holds aloft the La Liga trophy

Speaking to Movistar Plus, Suarez said: “Yes, I’m sure (I’ll stay). Atletico welcomed me from the minute I arrived. I asked the club if there was room for me on the museum wall to make history at Atletico.

“It’s tough. The situation I had to live through, the way I was looked down on, but Atletico opened the door for me.

“A lot of people have suffered with me – my wife, my children. Day by day, they are the ones who have suffered the most from my many years in football.

“We’ve had a great year. Despite the difficulties, we were the most consistent team and we’re the champions. In the first half of the season, we had an efficiency that wasn’t normal.”

Ronald Koeman may well regret his decision to let Suarez leave Barcelona
Ronald Koeman may well regret his decision to let Suarez leave Barcelona

Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of Barcelona’s transfer dealings is that they are now preparing to bring in another ageing South American striker, with Sergio Aguero on the brink of agreeing a two-year contract with the club.

You can’t help but wonder how differently things would have turned out had they simply kept Suarez in the first place.

And ultimately it is a decision which could indirectly cost Koeman his job, with rumours suggesting he could face the sack in the near future.

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