Luis Suarez signs for Barcelona for €81m

Luis Suarez is now a Barcelona player. The 27-year-old Uruguay striker will cost Barcelona €81 million

Lluís Mascaro

He is suspended by FIFA for the next four months after biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez will be presented next Wednesday, but not at the Nou Camp because of the terms of the FIFA ban. 

Instead he may be presented at the Auditori 1899, next to Barcelona's stadium, where he may also take questions at a press conference. 

The striker will continue his holiday after that until July 28, but he may not be able to join his fellow players because he is banned from training by FIFA as well.

He has signed a five-year contract with the Blaugrana and replaces Alexis Sanchez, who has moved to Arsenal.

Suarez will be No 9 and form an amazing front trio with Neymar and Leo Messi.

The striker wrote a letter to Liverpool fans to thank them for their support over the past few years. 

He 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.

"I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.

"Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."


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