La Liga: Barcelona confident Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez can play together
Last Updated: 16/07/14 12:49pm
Barcelona insist that Luis Suarez's imminent arrival will have no impact on Lionel Messi's role in the side.
Barca have agreed a deal believed to be worth around £75million to bring Suarez to the Nou Camp from Liverpool.
An eagerly-anticipated debut will be delayed by a four-month ban handed out by FIFA, with Suarez admitting to biting Italy defender Georgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals.
Once he is free to open a new chapter in Catalunya, attention will shift to how he fits into a star-studded attacking unit that already includes Argentine playmaker Messi and Brazilian superstar Neymar.
Barca are confident that the trio can strike up a formidable understanding, with Suarez not the first out-and-out goalscorer to have joined their ranks.
They have sought to assure Messi that his position within the side will not be affected, with reinforcements drafted in to help him carry the weight of expectation.
Club president Josep Bartomeu told Sport: "The arrival of Suarez does not signify the end of our style of play with a false No. 9, because that will always be Messi.
"This is not the first time that we have had a traditional forward playing alongside Leo. We have had players like David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto'o in the past.
"With Suarez, we signed the best forward who was available on the market."