Luis Suarez lifts the lid on Ronald Koeman phone call over Barcelona exit

Luis Suarez has admitted his shock over being told he was surplus to requirements at Barcelona by Ronald Koeman.

The Uruguayan forward spent a hugely successful six seasons at the Nou Camp, helping the side win four La Liga titles and a Champions League.

He also became the club's third all-time top scorer with a sensational 198 goals in all competitions.

After Koeman replaced Quique Setien in August, however, it was made immediately clear to Suarez that he would not be in the Dutchman's plans going forward, and he joined Atletico Madrid shortly after.

Speaking to El Transitor, Suarez reflected on the quick-fire nature of his departure from Catalonia.

"When Barcelona told me that they did not count on me it was hard, I did not expect it," he said.

"They were very difficult moments because of the manner [in which it happened]. 

"Koeman called me and told me that I was not in his plans. When Barcelona made it official that they did not count on me, conversations began with Atleti, with Cholo [Simeone], with Miguel Angel.

"There was interest from many clubs, not just Juventus. I wanted to make the right decision, the best for me and my family."

Suarez will certainly not be regretting his decision to join Atletico, with the team ten points clear at the top of La Liga.

The player himself, meanwhile, is the division's top scorer with 14 goals.

And Suarez went on to praise the impact Diego Simeone has had on his game.

"He is one of those coaches who convinces you through his desire, his positivity and by everything he knows," he added.

"I rely more on the coach's conviction when he speaks than on the style of play.

"Simeone is a coach who reaches out to you and motivates you. I wouldn't like to be a coach, you suffer a lot and you can't keep everyone happy."

Suarez and Atletico are next in action on Monday when they host Celta Vigo in La Liga.

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