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Luis Suarez prepares for Barcelona debut

Suarez will make his competitive debut for Barcelona at the weekend. Credit: Reuters
The Uruguayan has been serving a four month ban for biting Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez was in good spirits as he prepared for his competitive Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend.

The striker joked around with Neymar in training ahead of the season's first Clasico.

Luis Suarez cried after sealing Barcelona move

Suarez shed some tears after learning he'd joined Barcelona. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez has confessed he started crying after sealing a transfer to Barcelona earlier this year.

The Uruguayan was sold by Liverpool in July after receiving a four month ban from any football related activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

The 27 year-old, who is set to make his competitive debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid later this month, told TV3:

I felt I had ruined my career.

At first, I did not want anyone to know anything. I locked myself away with my family, but then I reflected on what I had done, I apologised and felt liberated.

By then discussions with Barca had begun, and when Pere [Guardiola, his agent] called me to tell me it was done, I began to cry, because of the situation I was living and the support that the club was offering me.

I felt happy about the commitment the club had shown me. But I was still afraid that the repercussions of the incident might halt the deal. I knew that could happen.

– Barcelona striker Luis Suarez

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Independence would see Barca banned from La Liga

The president of the Spanish Football League (LFP) Javier Tebas says Barcelona and Catalan rivals Espanyol would not be admitted to La Liga if Catalonia becomes an independent state.

A referendum on Catalan independence has been called for November 9, but the Spanish government are attempting to block it.

Could La Liga lose Leo Messi? Credit: PA

Speaking at a press conference, Tebas stated: "Barcelona and Espanyol would not play in La Liga if Catalonia gains independence.

"I cannot imagine a Spain without Catalonia nor La Liga without Messi," he added.

Tebas believes Spanish law would prevent the two clubs from operating in the national league.

Ex-Liverpool star: 'I see the logic' of letting Suarez go

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said he could "see the logic" in the club letting Luis Suarez leave after he was hit with a four-month ban for biting a player at the World Cup.

Some Liverpool supporters were not overly distressed at the move either - one fan told ITV News he "didn't want him" at the club anyway, while another said he was "not a good role model".

Luis Suarez to wear number 9 shirt at Barcelona

Luis Suarez will take on the number 9 shirt at Barcelona, the Spanish club have revealed in a video post on their official website.

Last season the squad number was worn by Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who has now sealed a big money move to Premier League club Arsenal.

Other big names to have taken on the number 9 shirt in recent years include Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Dutch hitman Patrick Kluivert and Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Steven Gerrard hails Liverpool 'legend' Suarez

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a heartfelt message praising Luis Suarez as an "amazing talent" and a "legend" at the club.

Steven Gerrard's Instagram message about Luis Suarez. Credit: Instagram/Steven Gerrard

The England international wrote the message on his Instagram account following the news of Suarez's move to Spanish side Barcelona.

Rodgers: Liverpool let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club only accepted Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona "with great reluctance".

In a statement on the Liverpool website, Rodgers said: "The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool."

Brendan Rodgers said the club had let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends."

Rodgers described Suarez as a "special talent", but said despite his departure the club would "improve the team further and...be stronger for this coming season".

Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool 'with a heavy heart'

Luis Suarez said the decision to leave Liverpool for Barcelona was made "with a heavy heart" and wished the team and manager Brendan Rodgers "well for the future".

Luis Suarez will be playing for Barcelona next season. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

In a statement posted on Liverpool's website, the Uruguayan striker said: "It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

"But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season."

The statement finished with Suarez saying: "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Liverpool agree to sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona

Liverpool and Barcelona have agreed a fee for the sale of Luis Suarez to the Catalan club, the Premier League side have announced.

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