Koeman insists Suarez could have stayed.

Ronald Koeman and Barcelona have copped a lot of scrutiny of late regarding the departure of Luis Suarez.

After a poor campaign last season, Barcelona have made drastic changes that have been heavily questioned. From the broken promises made to Lionel Messi, Vidal and Rakitic departing for next to nothing, and now, Luis Suarez leaving for league rivals Atletico Madrid.

Deemed as surplus to requirements, Suarez netted 21 goals over 36 games last season. Letting the forward leave has to be the club’s worst decision in years.

After failing to complete a move to Juventus, Luis Suarez completed his move to Atletico in an emotional move for Barcelona fans and players.

He enjoyed a successful six years in Barcelona where he became the clubs third highest ever goal scorer winning 4 x titles and UEFA Champions League.

The Uruguayan began his Atletico career in style debuting with two goals and an assist in a performance that would make any Barcelona fan disgruntled.

Now, Koeman claims that he was in fact happy with Suarez and did not want him to leave.

“In the case of Suarez, it had become very difficult for him to start playing and I made that know to him. He found it difficult, but I never had any trouble with him at all,” Koeman told NOS.

He trained normally, trained well. He finally made the choice to leave and I said – If you don’t leave, for whatever reason, then you are just one of the group, then you can prove me wrong. He could have stayed, yes.”

“I’m good with Luis, but the club felt that we had to rejuvenate. You can see that now in the team. Ansu Fati plays, he is 17 years old. We have Pedri, 17 years old, who gets his chances.

Ronald Araujo is there at the age of 21. Trincao falls in a lot and is 20 years old, and we have taken Sergino Dest, who is 19. Those are all players for the future.”

We have heard otherwise from Suarez himself and it wont be long before he responds to Koeman’s comments.

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