Suarez reveals Lionel Mess was ADAMANT he would stay at Barcelona'

Luis Suarez lifts the lid on his holiday chat with Lionel Messi which saw the Argentine vow to ‘finish his career’ at Barcelona… before ‘everything changed in an hour’ and superstar was free to leave for PSG

  • Luis Suarez has revealed that Lionel Messi’s heart was set on staying at Barca 
  • The 34-year-old made an emotional exit from the Nou Camp for PSG this summer
  • Suarez, 33, said that the Argentine was adamant he would retire at Barcelona 
  • The Uruguayan revealed ‘everything changed’ over a whirlwind summer 

Luis Suarez has lifted the lid on a conversation with Lionel Messi this summer in which the Argentine was adamant he would finish his career at Barcelona, before ‘everything changed’.

Suarez, 33, spent six years at the Nou Camp alongside Messi, 34, with the South Americans forming a close bond on the pitch and in the dressing room. 

The Uruguayan left for Atletico Madrid in 2020, although the pair have remained close friends and were seen holidaying together during the summer break.

Luis Suarez has revealed Lionel MEssi was adamant he would stay at Barcelona until retirement

The 34-year-old bid an emotional farewell to the Spanish giants after his contract expired

It was a whirlwind summer for Messi, with the Argentine waving goodbye to Barcelona due to the cash-strapped LaLiga giants being unable to extend the superstar’s contract.

Messi subsequently left for Paris Saint-Germain, joining on a free transfer, and bagged his first goal for the French club in Tuesday’s victory over Manchester City.

However, Suarez – who helped Atletico to the LaLiga title last term – has revealed that Messi was intent on staying at Barcelona for the rest of his career, lifting the lid on a conversation the pair had while on holiday.

‘He told me “I will finish my career at Barcelona, which is what I always wanted, the club that has given me everything and the children are happy”, Suarez told Diairio Sport. ‘From one hour to the next everything changed.

Suarez lifted the lid on a holiday conversation in which Messi said he would stay at Barcelona

Messi has since moved to PSG where he scored his first goal on Tuesday against Man CIty

‘Leo loves the club, he owes a lot to Barcelona which you could see with his goodbye. He is the best player in the history of the club.

‘He left with the uncertainty of what would have happened because, obviously, the manner of it has bothered him, that everything changed from one hour to the next.’

Suarez added that Messi was devastated by the reality of his exit from the club and expressed his surprise at his friend’s departure. 

‘As a friend I had to act, supporting him, so that he was not crestfallen or down. I was very surprised because everything was arranged for him to stay.’

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