Luis Suarez snubbed Real Madrid to join Barcelona

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Luis Suarez has revealed he was contacted by Real Madrid about a huge transfer before eventually joining Barcelona.

The Uruguay international was on his way out of Liverpool last summer and only Real Madrid and Barcelona stood a realistic chance of signing him. He eventually moved to the Nou Camp in a £75million deal, making him the third most expensive player of all time.

But before linking up with Lionel Messi and Neymar, Suarez had the chance to move to Barcelona's La Liga rivals. However, the controversial striker says it was easy to reject the advances of Carlo Ancelotti because of his "dream" to play for Barcelona.


"Yes, I spoke to them but said 'later'. They wanted me, but my dream was here," the 28-year-old is quoted by Goal as saying.

"When I heard the name 'Barcelona' I didn't hesitate. Honestly, I never imagined Barcelona would come in and had no doubts at all once they did.

"You never know what can happen in football but luckily I stuck around for Barca, which was what I wanted. It was the fulfilment of a dream I had had for so long."

Controversial decision

It was a controversial decision by Barcelona officials. Suarez was still serving a four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. Upon his return it was clear Suarez was struggling to adapt his game to his new team-mates.

"It wasn't that I had anxiety, but I felt like I had won a prize in a lottery and couldn't enjoy having fulfilled my dream," he added.

"I felt like I had been invited to play rather but slowly that disappeared. Once I was alongside my peers I felt more comfortable."

The right decision

Suarez is now back to his best form and is forming a terrific partnership with Messi. Barcelona look on course for a historic treble and the form of Suarez will be key in a busy end to the season.

He has scored ten goals and assisted a further nine in just 19 La Liga starts. He has also scored four in just five Champions League appearances. While those numbers are not on par with what he was achieving with Liverpool, Suarez is helping Messi rekindle his best form.

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