Luis Suarez is set to bring his six-year stay at Barcelona to a close, as the 33-year-old prepares for a move to rivals Atletico Madrid.
During his time at the Nou Camp, Suarez became the club’s third all-time leading scorer with 198 goals in 283 games.
However as Ronald Koeman is tasked with a huge rebuild, the striker was reportedly told he would not be part of those plans.
Fighting back tears, Suarez told the media:
“It’s such a surprise, I didn’t really have anything prepared,
“I want to say that the club has already had so much confidence in me since 2014 when they signed me.
“In the conditions that I came here that surrounded me with the mistake that I made (biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup and subsequent suspension), but the confidence that they always had in me – it wasn’t always easy to accept this.”
“The coaches and my team-mates, the way they accepted me when I came, it was amazing.
“And other people know the sacrifice that I’ve made in these years to come to Barcelona and play for the best team in the world.
“I’m aware that we’re at the end of an era and that I should be very proud of everything I’ve done.”
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