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Gerard Deulofeu surprised by Barcelona exit

Gerard Deulofeu
Delofeu impressed on loan at Everton last season. Credit: PA

Gerard Deulofeu admits he was surprised that Barcelona allowed him to go out on loan again after completing his switch to their Primera Division rivals Sevilla - but he is determined to make the most of his "key" year in Andalusia.

I'm very happy to be here, (new Barcelona coach) Luis Enrique told me that I wouldn't be playing, and from the first moment I had my mind set on coming to Sevilla.

It's a very good club, I have high expectations and hopefully we can have a great year together.

I was surprised by the decision that the manager took, but I'm going to enjoy this year very much. I want to focus on Sevilla.

I could be stronger with my defending, I'm going to work on that I hope that it's a better year than last, which wasn't bad but I failed to take that little step forward and I hope to be able to do it here.

I want to have a good year because it's key for my career.

– Sevilla forward Gerard Deulofeu


Suarez makes debut in friendly win

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez is allowed to played. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez came off the bench to make his first appearance for Barcelona in a 6-0 thrashing of Leon in Monday night's friendly match at the Nou Camp.

Thirty one days after he signed for the club, Suarez ran out on the pitch to great applause as he was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player in the pre-match build-up.

The 27-year-old, who was cleared to make his debut in the friendly by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite currently serving a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, was named on the bench.


Six months ago today

Cesc Fabregas makes his competitive debut for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea tonight, exactly six months after telling his new Portuguese manager to "shut up."

The midfielder was speaking to our man Gabriel Clarke on February 18th after Barcelona beat Man City 2-0 in the Champions League, a day after Mourinho had claimed Fabregas was part of "the worst Barcelona of many, many years."

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Suarez to make Barcelona debut on Monday

Luis Enrique has revealed that Luis Suarez is likely to make his Barcelona debut in a friendly against Mexican champions Club Leon on Monday.

The Uruguayan's four month biting ban was upheld last week, but he can now train with the Catalan club and play in friendly matches.

He has been working hard when training alone.

So I think he can have a few minutes tomorrow in front of the fans.

– Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

Suarez takes part in Barca training

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Luis Suarez trained for the first time with Barcelona. Credit: PA

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of his four-month ban.

The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the entire suspension removed but he will now be able to train and play in friendlies for club and country after CAS ruled the punishment was overly harsh.

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Suarez was having fun with Andres Iniesta. Credit: PA
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