There would have been complications surrounding the transfer of El Pistolero to Italy and so Koeman talked to Suárez. “I spoke to Luis this morning”, said the Dutchman on Wednesday evening after the 3-1 exhibition game against Girona. “We have to wait and see if there will be a way out for him or not.”
If that is not the case, the former Ajax player does not necessarily have to leave, according to Marca. “We respect contracts with Barcelona,” explains Koeman. “From day one we have said that if he stays part of our squad, then he is just one of the players.”
Suárez did not play against Girona, Lionel Messi did and acted as a false striker for Barcelona, which won 3-1. The Argentinian scored twice and formed a good tandem with Antoine Griezmann, who was behind him in midfield.