Luis Suarez: Some didn't believe I could keep playing at the top level

Luis Suarez: Some didn't believe I could keep playing at the top level

Barcelona forced Luis Suarez out of the club after the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, even though he was arguably their best player on the night, and with the Atletico Madrid forward now the LaLiga Santander top scorer this term, he has accused some of thinking he couldn't play at the top level any longer.

Atletico has proven to be the perfect environment for Suarez to thrive, with the Uruguayan emerging as the decisive attacking player that Diego Simeone has yearned for since 2016.

"I continue to see myself enjoying this moment that I'm living through in elite football, some didn't believe that I could keep playing at the top level," Suarez told ESPN.

"I still have the same desire and I hope to carry this on next season as well.

"Nobody is going to make a decision on my future or force me out of anything. I will decide."

With his bitterness at Barcelona so clear to see, it's rather poetic that it is Suarez who is likely taking the Spanish championship back to Atletico Madrid, and he is grateful for the chance Simeone handed him.

"What a coach can do for you is exactly what you see on the pitch," he added.

"When you get a coach who believes in your abilities to contribute, you want to do so even more.

"It's important that my teammates simply see me as one of them, and nothing above that, because I've never been comfortable with that."

Simeone had hoped Diego Costa would be able to lead his team, as he did in 2013/14, but it has actually been Suarez who has filled that role.

"Cholo is the coach, he generates a lot of confidence in his players, he makes you want to give more than you thought possible," he continued.

"When planning matches, he points out and corrects many things.

"Even at my age he continues to correct things in my game and I accept that without any problem, he's the coach for a reason and he is there to help us."

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