Luis Suarez has given the strongest indication yet that he will be leaving Liverpool this summer. Despite stating his love for the club, the Uruguayan international gave his clearest indication yet that he will not be at Anfield come the start of the new season.
“Liverpool is in my heart and nobody can doubt that, (but) if I receive an important offer to progress my career, I will study it. Some clubs have asked about me but I hand questions over to my agent. I am no stranger to rumours.
“I always want to improve. That’s why I left Ajax for Liverpool. But this club needs to fight to enter the Champions League and, when it doesn’t happen, it damages the morale of any player. So I’ve suffered. It is hard to view the Premier League every week with never a chance of winning it.”
Suarez was the subject of a surprise offer this week from Premier League rivals Arsenal, who after initial inquiries made a bid believed to be in the region of £30million for the striker. This came as a surprise as the player had previously indicated his desire to leave England due to what he perceived to be harsh treatment by the media.
With Real Madrid having been widely believed to be the players most likely destination next season the move might well kick into gear a firm offer from the Spanish club.
If the player were to stay in England though a more likely destination would appear to be a switch to Chelsea. It could be hard for Liverpool to stomach if Chelsea were to repeat the swoop for Fernando Torres – history repeating itself with Chelsea again taking away the clubs most influential attacker.
But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is vocal in his hope that Suarez will still be a member of his Anfield side next season.
“Luis is a valued player and an absolute magician on the field. He is a real competitor, a real winner. He wants Liverpool to do so well but, like every player, every manager, and more importantly every football club, they want to be working at the very highest level.
“At the minute he is on a break, he is relaxing with his family. We are in constant communication. He has got three years left on his contract, we don’t want to sell him, and we hope everything will be fine for the summer. We want to bring in few more players to reinforce the group and we think we can put up a real fight next season.”