Barcelona, via Ronald Koeman, informed Luis Suarez on Monday morning that he is no longer in their plans. Our fellow journalists at RAC1 have reported this story. The Uruguayan must find a team in the coming hours, whilst there will be a meeting between representatives of the Blaugrana and agents and lawyers of the player to study the possible conditions for his departure, given the fact he is still under contract. The club needs money, but they will make things very easy because they want to save his high salary. The former Liverpool striker’s career at the Camp Nou has come to an end.
The departure of the Uruguayan international will not be the only one, with there many players who have not yet spoken with the club or the new coach but will do so in the coming hours. Suarez, despite being one of the most important, not only for his footballing contributions and his stature in the dressing room, is an interesting case as one begins to wonder what his goodbye implies for Lionel Messi’s own future.
The Argentine was not sure whether to continue with the Catalan club after the 2019/20 season fiasco and the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. He has doubts, very serious ones, and clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Inter are on the prowl. At Barcelona they are a bit uneasy about this uncertainty, although they are confident that Messi will stay. However, the departure of Luis Suarez could complicate matters in that regard. What used to be a mere fear of a departure is now a very real concern for Barcelona at losing the symbol of the modern-day club. Barcelona know Suarez’s exit will impact Messi, but they aren’t sure how much.
Suarez is one of Messi’s closest friends on and off the pitch, although the La Masia graduate is a professional and knows this is how football works. For the first time a change of scenery is planned, and the exit of Luis Suarez doesn’t seem like the best strategy to try and tempt Messi to stay.