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16-Nov-2020, 07:46 am

Suarez: Messi and I still talk a lot but about life, not football

Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Barcelona 2019-20

Luis Suarez has revealed he's still in close contact with former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi but the duo prefer to talk about life and not football matters.

The pair had proven to be a successful pairing at Camp Nou and ultimately became fierce friends off the pitch too.

While the two now play for rival La Liga clubs, that hasn't stopped Suarez and Messi from remaining in touch - with regular chats about family still taking place.

"The truth is that we speak a lot,but honestly we talk about our life," Suarez told Marcawhen asked about Messi.

"It was recently the birthday of one of my children, also his.We talked about life, the virus, everything, but very little about football, about the goals we miss orabout tactical systems. We worry more about how the family is than about what happens in football."

Pressed once again on his Barcelona exit, Suarez added: "I was sad and hurt by the wayI left -I already said it. Butwhenthey close a door, five moreopen to youwhere they value mywork, professionalism and trajectory.I feel proud.

"Where they did not want me, there was another that wanted me.I found happiness and I'm enjoying this moment now."

Ronald Koeman's side have struggled for goals at times this season with some Barca fans questioning the decision to sell Suarez.

The 33-year-old has himself scored five La Liga goals for Atletico from just six appearances to date, but was quick to dismiss suggestions that the Catalans are missing his presence.

"No, there was a tactical planning or, whatever you want to call it,that sought to make changes. Ihad to accept it because they didn't need me," Suarez said.

"Each person candraw conclusions.I have to live my present at Atleti."

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