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Luis Suarez talks Atletico Madrid exit, Simeone’s tactics, emotional farewell

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Former Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez has admitted that the club should have communicated his exit in a rather different way, saying that although he felt comfortable throughout his tenure, he would have loved to play another season with the Rojiblancos.

Speaking in a candid chat with Spanish news outlet MARCA, the former Liverpool and Barcelona striker shed light on several aspects, including his relationship with Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi among others.

As for time at Atletico Madrid, he pointed out a few instances that he felt should have been dealt with differently.

“Do I think I would’ve been able to stay one more year at Atletico Madrid? Yes, for sure,” said the legendary striker.

“But things happen for a reason. For something it was not renewed, for something it did not materialize. I was proud of my career there, of winning a La Liga after many years, of the fans saying goodbye to me in an emotional way. 

“That ‘thank you, Luis, for the La Liga’ poster made me feel very proud,” he added.

Speaking about Atletico not renewing his contract, the striker simply said that he got over it soon and moved on quick especially because everyone at the club treated him very well.

“Did it hurt me that Atleti didn’t extend me? Yes, maybe they could’ve communicated it to me in another way, but then you start analyzing and say, ‘You don’t have to do things so big.’ That’s it. I felt comfortable, happy, I was one more.”

“The club treated me spectacularly. They saw that I was one more, and not that, coming from Barça, I was different,” he explained.

Suarez’s two-year stint with Atletico Madrid was rather successful. To begin with, he scored 32 league goals in 67 appearances and was a key member of the title-winning squad during the 2020-21 season.

Interestingly, Diego Simeone’s philosophy – often termed Cholismo – did not always sit well with the striker. Speaking the about the same, Suarez explained that this approach worked well in the past because the team had players of such profile. 

“It is that before he had so many players of that profile that it was perfect,” said the forward. 

“Sometimes you forget that before you had a strong defensive mentality with Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Savic, Gabi. With that team, they attacked two or three times per game, but they got you a goal.”

“Nowadays they attack more, but they don’t score as many goals, and they attack you, on the other hand, more. But, due to the quality of the squad, they [Atletico Madrid] are still a candidate for everything,” he concluded.

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Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender

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According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.

The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.

Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.

Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.

The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.

Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.

Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.

Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.

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