Luis Suarez claims Barcelona should allow Lionel Messi to leave. Atletico Madrid will play host to Barcelona on November 22.
New Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez has criticised former club Barcelona for not allowing Lionel Messi to leave this summer.
The Argentina international informed club president Josep Bartomeu of his intention to leave the club as part of a rolling release clause in his contract.
However, Barcelona blocked his departure, citing the clause as having expired due to the extended 2019-20 La Liga season.
“Messi’s desire to leave the club had nothing to do with me,” he told an interview with ESPN, via Mundo Deportivo.
“They should have respected his decision to leave. Out of respect for Leo, I do not want to discuss too much detail, but he lived through a difficult situation.
“He wanted to leave and the club would not allow it.”
Credit: Football Espana