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Luis Suarez thinks Barcelona wanted him out because of his relationship with Lionel Messi

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The striker has been talking about his former club

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Luis Suarez keeps on talking about his departure from Barcelona and has explained that he thinks the club wanted to get him away from Lionel Messi.

The Uruguay international has moved on to Atletico Madrid after being told he’s not in Ronald Koeman’s plans and has a theory about why the club wanted him out.

“I think they wanted to remove me from Messi’s side. Maybe it annoyed them that I had a good relationship with Leo. Perhaps they didn’t want him to be with me so much. I can’t find any reason to think that would damage the team, though.

“We looked for each other constantly on the pitch, but for the good of the team. Maybe they wanted him to play with more teammates. That could have something to do with it. I can’t find any other reason to want to separate us because we got on well on the pitch.”

Source | ESPN

Messi also tried to leave Barcelona in the summer but couldn’t find a way out and Suarez added he believes the Catalan giants “should have respected his decision to leave.”