The Phone Call Luis Suarez Made To Giorgio Chiellini Ahead Of Juventus Move
The Uruguayan striker is reportedly closing in on a switch to the Serie A champions after being told he was surplus to requirements in a brutal phone call by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
Suarez is poised to become the 14th different player to play with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but he is also set to be teammates with Chiellini, the man who he bit in a controversial incident in the 2014 World Cup.
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His punishment was a nine-match international ban, as well as a four-month suspension from all football activity - though it was later reduced.
But prior to his expected transfer to Turin, Suarez is said to have apologised to Chiellini after initially joking about their fracas six years ago.
As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, Suarez said: "I admit I was wrong, but I am a human being. Each player has his own style of play, his own character and this got me where I am now."
Suarez has gone on record to say he thought his £75 million transfer to Barcelona was going to collapse and didn't even celebrate Diego Godin's winning goal because he knew the aftermath that would follow.
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Despite having teeth marks on his shoulder, Chiellini did not hold a grudge against the former Liverpool forward and has since forgiven him.
He's also claimed that he and Suarez are similar in the sense that they play on the edge so he had no problem with his actions.
Recalling the incident in his autobiography, Chiellini wrote: "Nothing strange happened that day. I had marked [Edinson] Cavani for most of the game, another attacker who was difficult to handle, then suddenly I noticed that Suarez had bitten my shoulder.
"It happened, and this is his way of dealing with direct confrontations, and, if I can say it, it is also mine: he and I are alike and I like to face challenges in this way. I admire his malice, if he lost it he would become a normal striker.
"After a couple of days we spoke again on the phone and there was no need to apologise.
"I am a great son of a bitch on the pitch as well and I am proud of it: malice is part of football, I don't even call it impropriety. You have to be smart and I have always admired Suarez."
Suarez will arrive at Juventus after scoring 198 goals in 283 appearances for Barcelona.
During his time at the Nou Camp, the 33-year old has lifted four La Liga titles, four Copa Del Reys, one Champions League and one Club World Cup.
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