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Barcelona admit Luis Suarez tapping up before the World Cup began

SPORTS By Mirror | August 6th 2014

Barcelona have admitted they persuaded Luis Suarez to quit Liverpool for the Nou Camp before the World Cup finals.

The 27-year-old Uruguayan striker insisted a month before the tournament in Brazil that he was staying at Anfield: “Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me. I’m very happy here and my family is happy here."

But Barca president Josep Bartomeu has now said in the wake of the £75million transfer: “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he had the right age. He had the experience.

“Playing at Liverpool gave him incredible performance and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona.”

The comments confirm our revelation last month that the wheels were in motion before Brazil 2014 for Suarez to move to Spain.

Bartomeu added: “We knew from of lot of years ago that Luis Suarez likes our club, likes our city [his in-laws already live in Catalonia].

"And we have the advantage - his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother ... He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted.”

The Spanish giants' president also maintained that at no stage did they ever consider not signing Suarez in the wake of his bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup saw him banned from ALL football activity until late October.

The suspension is the third of the former Ajax hitman's career for biting opposing players, but Bartomeu said: “We didn’t rethink this decision and we told Luis after the bite.

"He knows he did wrong. He apologized. That’s very important for us.

"That means he knows that he did not do things properly and of course, coming to our city, coming to our club, there’s going to be a way of managing Luis Suarez.”

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