Liverpool striker Luis Suarez 'has the mentality of a child' says the man who brought him to Europe

Henk Veldmate signed the Uruguyan striker for Gronigen

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been accused of being like a child by his former boss Henk Veldmate.

Veldmate, who brought Suarez to Europe, said: "He’s a grown up person but also, in the way he likes playing football, he sometimes has the mentality of a child."

The Uruguay international signed for Veldmate’s club Gronigen from Nacional in 2006. The Dutch club’s sporting director added: “That's the way he enjoys playing. If you compare the mentality and attitude to Dutch players, then in South America it's dead or alive.

“To do the best for your family - it's a way of life and a way of surviving.”

Suarez, who recently bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, is currently serving a 10 match ban for his misdemeanour - just the latest in a controversial career.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live’s documentary ‘What’s Eating Luis Suarez’, Veldmate said it took just 15 minutes to decide they had to sign the then 19-year-old.

He originally planned to watch another player when he travelled to Uruguay but was so taken with Suarez, there was an immediate change of plan.

“He had everything you see today - he scored a goal and did some fantastic dribbles,” Veldmate said.

“Sometimes you think he is lucky with his dribbles - he starts something and you think it is impossible but in the end it works and he creates a chance and scores a goal.

“He dived to win a penalty, so all the things we see in Luis' potential we saw in that 15 minutes and most importantly we saw he was a winner.”