Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is now “100%” a Barcelona player, the Spanish club has said.
A £75m deal
last week for the 27-year-old Uruguay international.
The La Liga runners-up are not able to present the player to their fans as he is serving a four-month ban from football-related activity for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
However, Barca director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta told a news conference: “He is 100% a member of the club.”
Zubizarreta admitted he had to be careful what he said about the biting incident which happened during the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, and the subsequent ban.
Suarez will be ineligible to play for Barca until November – or even to train with his team-mates – unless any appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) is successful.
But Zubizarreta said he was convinced Suarez will be a “positive” acquisition.
“We accept people here, imperfections and all,” he said.
“I am sure Luis Suarez will be someone positive for us in the future. Luis Suarez is an important player for this club but the club is more than its players.”
The ban handed to Suarez for his biting offence was the biggest in World Cup history, beating the eight games given to Italy’s Mauro Tassotti for elbowing Spain’s Luis Enrique in 1994.