After being defended by Lionel Messi following his move to Atletico Madrid from Barcelona, Luis Suarez said he was proud.After six trophy-laden seasons at Camp Nou, Suarez, 33, joined Atletico in a €6 million transfer this week.
Suarez, who was the recipient of 13 Barca trophies, said he was proud to have made such a good impact.
His close friend and Barcelona star Messi slammed the Catalan giants on Friday, saying Suarez was “kicked out” and “nothing surprises” him anymore.
Last season, Suarez scored 21 goals in 36 games, but new Barca coach Ronald Koeman had no room for the Uruguayan as he rebuilt the Blaugrana.
“Leo knows me well and is well aware of my level of conviction. It’s a source of pride to be able to leave a positive legacy behind me,” he told reporters.
“I’ve now moved on and joining this competitive side is a major motivation.”
The forward said it was a massive incentive for him to join another major club in Spain.
Atletico launch their 2020-21 season on Sunday at home in Granada.
“The motivation of coming to a great from Spain, Atleti is,” Suarez said.
“It has great players, a competitive block that always fights to be at the top and for the league.
“The fans and the coach [Diego Simeone] motivate a lot too.”