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Jol talks about Suárez

last updated Saturday 09th November 2013, 10:36 AM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Fulham manager, Martin Jol, has described Luis Suárez as a "good boy" ahead of a reunion with the forward when his team plays Liverpool on Saturday, recalling their time at Ajax when Suárez bit the shoulder of another player.

Suárez received a seven-match ban after biting the PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal when Jol was the manager of Ajax in 2010, with the Dutch coach keeping the Uruguayan on as captain despite the indiscretion, a decision that he feels contributed to his departure from the club.

Jol will be hoping Suárez is not at his best when Fulham play Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, with the manager booed by a large section of the home support during their defeat by Manchester United last weekend and with speculation surrounding his future.

However, despite Suárez receiving another lengthy ban last season in England for biting the arm of Branislav Ivanovic, Jol claims he is a completely different character off the pitch.

"He's a lot different off the pitch, he's actually quiet," said Jol. "He's not outspoken, he's not someone who will fight people but on the pitch he wants to win. I remember at the World Cup he saved a goal [against Ghana] and it was ridiculous because he looked like a goalkeeper and then they had a penalty and he was cheering when they missed. He's a winner.

"He is always happy for his team and for other players to do well. That is a strange thing because normally they have a big ego but he is a good boy.

"There are always clubs that appeal to you and I know for a fact his agent is the brother of [Pep] Guardiola and he was always linked with Barcelona and he would like to go. When he was at Ajax we really thought he would go to Barcelona and he went to Liverpool. And if Luis makes his mind up he stays I know for a fact he is staying because otherwise he would be on his bike."

Asked if he always had an eccentric side, Jol added: "What is eccentric? You mean to bite someone? Well, you can't deny that because he did exactly the same in Holland and he was suspended for several weeks and for me that was a problem.

"He was suspended for several weeks and he was still my captain. I can still remember I said, 'No, you will remain my captain' and other people were very angry with me that I did that. So I want to forget that spell."

Source James Riach at The Guardian
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