Lost in translation! Ian Ayre expects Luis Suárez to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the Reds fully expect striker Luis Suárez to remain at Anfield beyond the summer
Ian Ayre has played down talk of Luis Suárez leaving Liverpool in the summer despite the striker declaring he is open to offers from clubs in the Champions League.
The 26-year-old told media in his native Uruguay that he would be willing to talk to teams who could offer him a better chance of success in Europe’s premier club competition.
However, Reds managing director Ayre is confident the South American will stay at the Merseyside outfit beyond the summer amid interest from Serie A champions Juventus.
“You can read into the comments – it was given in his native language so I think maybe it was a bit lost in translation,” Ayre told BBC Sport.
“We’ve been consistent with Luis. Last summer he signed a new four-year contract and we have no desire to sell Luis. He is a fantastic player and a great contributor to our team.
“We’ve been very honest with him and he’s been very honest with us.
“There is always going to be instances, particularly leading up to the summer [transfer] window, when people are quoted or asked these questions.”
Suárez, who penned a new long-term deal with Liverpool in August, has scored 22 Premier League goals this season, and although Ayre expects interest from clubs, the Reds chief is confident the Uruguayan will stay put.
“We are very pleased to have Luis and long may that continue,” he added.
“He also says in the same interview that he feels he is in an elite team at Liverpool.
“Every player is going to get approached by clubs because that is the nature of the game.
“Every player has a choice – that’s part of the game. He has a four-year contract with us and we hope he will see that through.”