Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admits he still hopes to come to a “friendly” resolution with the club over his transfer saga and join a Champions League club this summer, while saying Real Madrid have not contacted him to discuss a move.
Suarez is looking to secure a move away from Anfield this summer and has called in the help of the Professional Footballers’ Association to try and mediate over a reported buy-out clause in his contract.The Uruguayan has claimed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has reneged on an agreement last summer which would allow the player to leave for a Champions League club.
Rodgers was furious with Suarez’s comments that the club had reneged on their words that they would sell him this summer should they fail to reach the Champions League.
I’m still defending the Liverpool shirt and I will do so until the last minute.
My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn’t been.
It’s not that I am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear.
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Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play in the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer.
Now I have the chance, I want to take it.
A Champions League team (Arsenal) is making a big effort to get me and one always wants to be where they feel comfortable.
There were a lot of rumors (about Real) but Madrid never called me personally or Liverpool to try and negotiate.
Every player aspires to reach the top and Real Madrid is among the most important clubs in the world. It would be very difficult to say no to them.
Suarez still maintains that he has an agreement with Liverpool which, following their failure to qualify for the Champions League, allows him to leave if any club bids £40 million. Arsenal tested that theory with an offer which exceeded the figure by a pound but it was rejected by the Merseysiders who insists they have no obligation to sell at that price, only open negotiations.
The Suarez saga has been dragging on for close to a month now, and I am sure none of Arsenal’s fans, players or management ever expected a swift resolution. He is a world class striker and still has 3 years remaining on his contract and if that wasn’t enough he wants to move to a club which is a direct competitor to his current side and it has a clause which both sides interpret differently, with so much complication around it won’t be a surprise if this saga drags onto the final hours of the deadline day.
Arsenal still have a good chance of landing Suarez, but they cannot afford to be consumed by a situation so complicated. There are multiple areas in the team that still need to be strengthened, and it would be prudent to now prioritize those with the transfer window closing in 3 weeks.
Will there be any end to this saga any time soon?