Luis Suarez left stunned as Koeman makes ruthless decision on striker
Luis Suarez has reportedly had his contract terminated by Barcelona after Ronald Koeman told him he has no future at the club.
Koeman was drafted in as Barca’s new boss last week in succession to the sacked Quique Setien.
The Dutchman has a massive rebuilding job on his hands with an ageing, well-paid and underperforming squad. That has led to reports that Lionel Messi could seek a move elsewhere.
Monday’s Euro Paper Talk, meanwhile, claims the Catalonian giants could even be persuaded to sell another attacker to Man Utd.
Reports have strongly suggested a wholesale clearout of players at Barcelona. Yet one man who appeared somewhat more safe was the club’s former Liverpool man Suarez.
However, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo via RAC1, Koeman has on Monday told the striker to inform him he has no future at the club. The outlets state that in a phone call, the Dutchman informed the ex-Liverpool man he would play no part in his side next season. Furthermore, it’s stated his contract – due to expire next summer – will be terminated with immediate effect.
Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool in summer 2014 in a high-profile £75m deal. The move has been a huge success with Suarez having scored 198 goals and chipped in with an impressive 109 assists in 283 appearances for the Blaugrana. He’s third on their list of all-time top goalscorers.
During his time at the Nou Camp, Suarez has won LaLiga four times. He was also part of their famous MSN frontline that won the 2015 Champions League.
However, with Koeman looking to make his mark at the Nou Camp, it seems Suarez’s time at the club is over. Last week, the Uruguayan was linked with a return to his former club, Ajax, whom he played for prior to Liverpool.
Gerrard says Suarez had no respect for Carragher
Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, has given insight into the mentality of Suarez, stating he had “no respect for anyone in training.”
Suarez, 33, became a cult figure during his three-and-a-half year stint at Anfield.
Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Gerrard said: “A lot of strikers that we used to sign did have respect for the likes of Jamie Carragher and other names around the squad. But he (Luis Suarez) had no respect for anyone in training, in a good way.
“He’d be backing into them, he’d be leaving a bit in on them, he’d have elbows up and I’d be thinking that’s not normally what you’d see in training.
“You’d normally see a lot of respect but Luis would run through anyone and have a defender up the wall at any given moment.
“You knew straight away in days rather than weeks that he was going to be a top player for Liverpool.”