Josep Maria Bartomeu: 'Luis Enrique was fully behind Luis Suarez signing'

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu denies that Luis Enrique was not keen on the club signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool this summer.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that head coach Luis Enrique was fully behind the club's decision to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool this summer.

It had been suggested that the signing of the Uruguay international came from the board and was not particularly welcomed by Enrique, who wanted to put his own stamp on the club after replacing Gerardo Martino earlier this summer.

However, Bartomeu has quelled such claims and said that Enrique was delighted to learn of the plans to sign the 27-year-old.

"Luis Suarez was on the table and our new coach Luis Enrique, when he signed, we quickly explained everything and he said 'of course you can bring Luis Suarez to our club. Bring him - he's a fantastic player.' It is incredible to join those three players [Suarez, Messi and Neymar] at the same club. It's something fantastic and something unusual," Bartomeu told Sky Sports News.

"It's rare in the world of football to have three top players plus [Andres] Iniesta, plus [Sergio] Busquets, plus [Gerard] Pique, plus [Javier] Mascherano and the young ones that are coming - it's incredible to have this team."

FIFA have blocked Barcelona from presenting Suarez to the media next week.

Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014
Read Next:
Bartomeu hails Messi, Neymar
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account