Ronald Koeman has openly talked about the damaging implication of Suarez’ exit but also revealed some new information to the angle of the story.
“If you have someone in the locker room whom you and your wife and children also hang out with outside football, then such a reaction makes sense,” Koeman told NOS.
“I said that to Messi too: I understand that you are disappointed and think it is a terrible shame that he is leaving, but these are choices of the club.
“In the case of Suarez, it had become very difficult for him to play, and I made that known to him honestly.
“He found that difficult, but I never had any trouble with him at all. He just trained, trained well.
“In the end he made the choice to leave. And I did also say that, if you don’t leave, for whatever reason, then you’re just one of the group, then you prove me wrong.
“He could have stayed, yes.”
“I’m good with Luis, but the club felt that we had to rejuvenate,” he added. “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 21. [Francisco] Trincao comes in a lot and is 20 years old, and we have taken Sergino Dest, who is 19. Those are all players for the future.”