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Luis Suarez joins Barcelona: 'It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool,' the striker says

Striker has agreed a five-year deal and will be unveiled next week

Luis Suarez has this issued statement on Liverpool's official website after it was confirmed today that he has agreed a five-year deal to sign for Barcelona.

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

"But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season.



"I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.

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"Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."