Ian Ayre, the managing director of Liverpool, has spoken about where he thinks the future of star striker Luis Suarez lies.
Suarez has been consistently linked with a move away from Anfield in one of the summers most protracted sagas. Arsenal currently appear to be the front runners for the dexterous front man, all though Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona could yet swoop for the Uruguayan.
But if Ayre is to be taken at his word, Suarez will still be playing Premier League football for Brendan Rodgers side this coming season.
He told Sky Sports: “We’ve got Luis Suarez in our squad, he’ll have trained today and he’s working hard.
“Despite what people think we’ve not had an intention of selling Luis, we’ve never said we want to sell Luis.
“He continues to work hard and train hard for Liverpool. That will continue and I’ll expect him to be here at the start of the season.”
When asked about a possible move to Arsenal Ayre was clear, saying: “It’s not something we’re interested in and, as our fans would expect, we rejected both. The player is not available for sale – that’s where we are and that’s where we’ll stay
“I wish I had £1 for everyone that’s stopped me in the street saying ‘make sure Luis stays’. That’s what we’re doing.”
A move to London would prove detrimental to Liverpool, not simply because they would be losing their star player but also because his presence at on of the club’s nearest rivals could see them again forced out of a Champions League spot.
Ayre also spoke about how Suarez has been, having only recently joined up with the side after his exploits in the Confederations Cup, saying: “I don’t think his demeanour’s changed – he’s been a professional throughout. It’s just business as usual.
“Luis was on the back end of tour with us. He joined us in Melbourne, and seeing the fantastic support and adulation, nobody will know more than Luis how much he’s loved by this football club.
“I’m sure he’s going to stay – that’s always been our ambition and that’s what we expect to achieve.”
Ayre made clear that the club wish to hang on to the player, echoing similar comments from Steven Gerrard this week ahead of his testimonial this weekend.
Liverpool do appear steadfast in their wish to retain the player but Suarez appears intent on leaving. Realistically if he does have to leave Liverpool are unlikely to sell him to a rival side that could hinder their league ambitions. A move to Spain is more likely. However this is one transfer saga with no clear end in sight for now.