Luis Suarez: I turned down other offers to join Barcelona
AUG 27, 2014 12:04p ET
Luis Suarez has revealed that he did not even consider the other offers on the table before agreeing to join Barcelona because it has long been his "dream" to play with Lionel Messi and Co. at Camp Nou.
The Uruguay international completed an â¬81 million move to Catalunya from Liverpool earlier this summer, even though it appeared for a long time that the forward was more likely to end up at Real Madrid.
However, Suarez has explained that he has been watching Barca and their recent title successes from afar for some time now.
"When we had contact [with Barcelona] and knew of their interest, I did not hesitate for a moment because it was my dream, my desire," he stated in an interview with Barca Fans. "I rejected other options because my dream was to play here.
"After many years in Europe, first at Ajax and then Liverpool, my career had been growing and now it has reached its pinnacle by being at the best team in the world.
"I want to win the titles that [I watched Barca win] from a distance for years. I always enjoyed watching the players here, who are now my team-mates."
Suarez will not be able to make his Barcelona debut until the end of October as he received a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup clash with Italy on June 24.
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