Fighting back tears, Luis Suarez says that he never thought this day would come. Suarez was banned from all FIFA sanctioned games for four months and restricted from training with his new Barcelona teammates for biting Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini, during the World Cup. The Uruguayan striker’s international ban ends on Friday, and he is set to make his return in the highly anticipated Clasico clash between Barcelona on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.  

“I felt I had ruined my career,” Suarez told TV3 this week. “At first, I did not want anyone to know anything. I locked myself away with my family, but then I reflected on what I had done, I apologized and I felt liberated.

“By then discussions with Barca had begun, and when Pere [Suarez’s agent] called me to tell me it was done, I began to cry, because of the situation I was living and the support that the club was offering me. But I was afraid that the repercussions of the incident might halt the deal. I knew that could happen.”

Suarez is desperate to resume his career and calls the opportunity to make his Barca debut in the Clasico on Saturday, a “new chapter” in his life. Suarez says he’s ready to return, but won’t be begging Luis Enrique to start him just yet.

“I am ready. I am at 100 percent. Not long ago, I would not have said that, but I feel very good after the two international games for Uruguay,” Suarez said.

Suarez after an appeal was able to play in two international friendlies for Uruguay last week, his first action on the pitch in months. Suarez looked good as he scored two goals and assisted on another in matches versus Saudi Arabia and Oman.

“I want to open a new chapter.” He said.

Suarez played in the English Premier League last season with Liverpool, and was suspended for another biting incident (his second at the time) for the early part of the season. He led the league in goals, and almost led his team to the EPL Championship, but Liverpool blew a three goal lead in the second half and lost the title to Manchester City. Suarez scored 69 goals in his 110 games for Liverpool and will look to add firepower to the already stacked Barcelona front of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi.