The Uruguayan has admitted that he thought he was finished at the top level after being banned for biting for the third time in less than four years
Luis Suarez has revealed that he cried tears of relief when his move to Barcelona was confirmed as he feared he had ruined his career by biting Giorgio Chiellini at World Cup 2014.
The Uruguay international was hit with a four-month ban for sinking his teeth into the Italy defender during their nations’ meeting in Natal on June 24.
Despite the suspension, Suarez, who initially denied deliberately biting Chiellini, was still able to leave Liverpool for Barca when the summer transfer window opened.
However, the striker has now revealed that in his darkest hours, he was worried that he would never be allowed to complete his dream move to Camp Nou.
“I felt I had ruined my career,” Suarez told TV3.
“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.”
As it stands, though, Suarez is now set to make his Barca debut in next Saturday’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid.
Suarez is understandably desperate to resume his club career but he says that he has not been begging coach Luis Enrique to start him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I’m not imagining myself playing in the game but I am preparing for it with my colleagues,” he explained.
“But it’s not in my personality to ask the coach to let me play that game.
“I hesitate to tell Luis Enrique I want to play at the Bernabeu.”
Suarez, though, already feels right at home in Catalunya and says he would like to finish his career with Barca.
“if I have the opportunity to retire here, that would be the perfect career for me,” the 27-year-old stated.
Suarez signed a five-year contract when he joined Barca for a reported €94 million on July 11.