Messi would welcome Suarez at Barca despite WC bite shame

ANI| Last Updated: Jun 29, 2014, 15:05 PM IST

London: Barcelona ace Lionel Messi would reportedly welcome Liverpool striker Luis Suarez into the La Liga club squad after the Argentina star threw his considerable support behind a move for the banned Uruguay forward.

Barca is reportedly pressing ahead with their bid to land Suarez despite the four-month ban from all football-related activities put on him by FIFA for biting Italy`s Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup group stage clash.

According to the Mirror, Messi is fully supportive of the move despite hoping that his international teammate, Manchester City`s Sergio Aguero, would be the big name signing joining him at the Nou Camp.

Speculations are that Barca`s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has spoken with Messi about a move for Suarez before he left for Brazil and sources close to the Catalan giants have confirmed that he is right behind it.

Barca will offer Suarez a five-year deal that would contain behavioural clauses, with future indiscipline resulting in pay sanctions, the report added.