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He feared his reckless move to bite Giorgio Chiellini in an Uruguay vs Italy game in Brazil’s World Cup finals would cost him his dream move to Barcelona, but once he realized that wouldn’t be the case, he couldn’t control his emotions.
Pere Guardiola [Pep’s brother, a football agent] called to say I should take it easy, and that Barcelona still wanted me. Zubi [Andoni Zubizarreta] also called
Luis Suarez told El Periodico.
I remember that after I spoke to Andoni I could not stop crying because I could not believe they still wanted me. Barcelona were a great motivation to bounce back
the Uruguayan striker said, before sharing hurtful memories from the time he spent ineligible to play, or even train properly with his new teammates.
Sometimes I look back at the videos and photos of those days when I was locked in a tiny gym with Juanjo [Brau, Barcelona’s physiotherapist], looking for place to go running away from the press
Suarez remembered. The toughest though, was answering his daughter’s questions.
It was a bad time. Delfina [his daughter] used to watch Barcelona play and she asked me: ‘Daddy, why aren’t you with them?’ I explained the situation to her, without lying, so she could understand.