Andoni Zubizarreta during the press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Speaking at the official presentation of Luis Suárez, Andoni Zubizarreta told reporters that the Uruguayan striker had been at the top of the list when he met Luis Enrique to discuss strengthening the squad.  “We’ve been following him for the last two years”.

“He can play as a lone striker or a bit further back and wide.  He’s got goals and combines well.  He’s competitive and gives us options in attack”.

In particular, Zubizarreta stressed the player’s desire to join the Club.  “He wanted to be a Barça player and that’s important”.  He also pointed to the solid upbringing that Suárez had in Dutch football with Groningen and Ajax.  “He learnt his trade in Holland, and we all know what kind of football that is, and then with Liverpool, which is one of the big clubs, used to the highest demands”.He’s competitive and gives us options in attackThe Director of Football also discussed the situation of some of the other players, including Alves (“He had a great game in the Gamper.  He’s part of Barça’s plans”) and Song (“We’ll try and find him a good solution”).

Finally, Zubizarreta spoke about next Tuesday’s FIFA hearing in Zurich regarding the fine imposed on the Club in relation to young players.  “We will explain that our priority has always been young people and their training.  We’ll answer their questions knowing that our only intention is to mould people into footballers.  We’re leaders in this area”.

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Meanwhile, sports vice-president Jordi Mestre explained that Luis Suárez had cost 81 million euros and has a release clause of 200 million.  Mestre explained that the Club had negotiated from an initial figure of 94 million euros.  "It’s a source of pride and a pleasure to have you here.  We’ve made a great signing and we look forward to enjoying the next five seasons”.  “He’s here because he has always described himself as a Barça fan.  He’s made a big effort, both financially and personally”.

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