thumbnail Hello,

The head coach says he has been impressed by the Uruguayan in training this weekend and will grant him some playing time in the Gamper Trophy

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed Luis Suarez will play in the pre-season clash with Club Leon on Monday.

The Uruguayan returned to training this weekend after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced his ban from football to allow him to take part in training and club friendly matches.

And Luis Enrique has been sufficiently impressed by Suarez to allow him some playing time in Monday's Gamper Trophy encounter.

"Luis Suarez will play some minutes in the Gamper tomorrow," he told reporters on Sunday.

"During two training sessions he's already shown he is really talented. He looks like the player we were looking for."

Full-back Dani Alves has been linked with a move away from Barca this summer, with Sao Paulo claiming they would sell the Brazilian and sign Douglas as a direct replacement.

Luis Enrique, however, insists he does not wish to let Dani Alves leave in the immediate future and refused to comment on Douglas.

"I've said this several times. He arrived late in the squad [after the World Cup] but he has an animal level of fitness. Alves is at Barca, he is in the squad and there he will remain. In the future, we'll see. I have opportunities to meet with anyone," he said.

"I don't comment on players who are not here."

The former midfielder also explained he allowed Gerard Deulofeu to join Sevilla on loan to continue his development and has challenged him to prove his deserves a place at Camp Nou in future.

"The club must always look to get stronger. Deulofeu was my decision: I don't believe he would have got enough minutes to continue his development. It's a coach's decision.

"He needs to improve a few things and show he can be at a club like Barca."

Luis Enrique also revealed he has a clear idea on who will be his No.1 choice as goalkeeper for the coming season.

"Yes, I have preferences on who will play. Any of the three could. I'm clear about who I will select," he added.

Related

From the web