Suarez: I am ready


The former Liverpool frontman was banned from all football activity for four months after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup encounter in June, and will be allowed to officially make his debut as of next week after serving his four-month punishment on the sidelines.

The 27-year-old admitted he did not feel like a footballer during his spell off the field of play.

"The first two months were the hardest because I didn’t feel like a footballer,” Suarez told Barca Magazine. “That was the worst part.

“It is always good to accept your mistakes but what angered me most was not feeling like a professional, not feeling like another worker, like other footballers do. That’s what hurt me the most."

The Uruguay international, who scored twice in his country’s recent 3-0 friendly victory over Oman, is itching to get back onto the field as he aims for a starting berth in Barca’s star-studded attack.

"When I have gone to the last few games that the team has played I’ve noticed how I’m getting more anxious to play and help them out,” he said.

“What I have to do now is be there to encourage them, to be at their side and wait, because there’s nothing else I can do.

"What I’m thinking of doing is playing again and helping the team. To win my place in the starting eleven and to get the manager to see that I have come here to offer something more that can help Barça to win titles.

“But the quality of the players here is incredible. It’s admirable."

Suarez returns the week Barcelona are set to face perennial rivals Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season, and the forward believes the timing of the fixture with his return was fate.

“It’s a huge coincidence but I’m looking forward to the experience,” he revealed.

“You know, I’m the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason, and out of all 19 team in the league, it’s precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu that I’ll make my comeback. There must be a reason."

Suarez is aiming for a successful stint at his new club as he kick-starts his career in Spain.

"All I can say is that I have arrived with the desire to be a success at Barça, that I am hungry to win titles,’ he said.

“I haven’t played in Europe for a few years and I want to do the best I can in every game.”

Barcelona currently top the La Liga standings, and are second in Group F of their Champions League group following their 3-2 loss to PSG last time out.