Luis Suarez has revealed that an infamous phone call with Ronald Koeman in which he was informed that he no longer had a future at Barcelona lasted just 40 seconds.
The experienced Uruguayan frontman had cemented legend status at Camp Nou across six years that had delivered 198 goals, four La Liga titles and a Champions League crown.
He was, however, to be deemed surplus to requirements in the summer of 2020, with a Dutch coach making the disposal of a seasoned striker one of his first pieces of business upon taking the managerial reins in Catalunya.
Explaining to Gerard Romero on Twitch how that conversation played out, Suarez has said:
“The call from Koeman to tell me that [I wasn’t in his plans] lasted 40 seconds, it’s not the way to say goodbye to a legend.
“First he told me that I wasn’t in his plans, and then he told me that if I didn’t get my contract sorted out I was going to play against Villarreal.
“He lacked the personality to tell me clearly if he didn’t want me or if it was really the club that didn’t want me.”
Suarez added, with close friend Lionel Messi also making a push for the exits that summer before eventually leaving Barca for Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent in 2021: “They were very difficult days because of everything I gave to the club.
“I spoke to Sofia [Suarez’s wife] and Leo after the phone call. It was a complicated year due to everything.
“Messi asked to leave and I was being sent away. Both of our families had a very bad time.”