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Barcelona chief Zubi full of praise for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (after apology)

Barcelona chief Andoni Zubizarreta was full of praise for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez yesterday. Suarez is a major transfer target for Barca and Zubi was happy with his public apology this week for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup last week.

"Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important," said Zubizarreta.

"He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it's the best thing a person can do."

The former Barca and Spain goalkeeper also highlighted Suarez's footballing qualities.

"Everyone knows that Luis is an excellent player, everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player," he said.

Zubizarreta was speaking at the presentation of Barcelona's latest signing Ivan Rakitic, and the midfielder also praised Suarez.

"The fact he has had the character and the strength to go in front of everyone and say sorry says a lot about him as a person," said the Croatian international.

"Not every person has that strength to admit they have done something stupid. I rarely say that I am wrong so this says a lot about him, he has shown the character and strength he has so he should be commended for that.

"Regardless of whether the club signs him or not, his quality is unquestionable. He has shown a lot of quality with Uruguay and scored more than 30 goals (last season) with Liverpool, so he has the necessary quality to play for Barca."

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