Luis Suárez confirms he wants to leave Liverpool this summer
Luis Suárez confirms that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer but club insist that the wantaway striker is not for sale
Luis Suárez has confirmed that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer – but the Anfield club insist the striker is “not for sale”.
Speculation over the 26-year-old’s future has been rife in recent days after he admitted “a change of environment” would do him good amid reports linking him with a transfer to Real Madrid.
However, a Liverpool spokesperson said on Friday: “Luis Suárez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool.
“The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage.”
Speaking at a news conference in Uruguay, the Reds forward – who scored 23 league goals last season – said his desire to leave Anfield is purely because of his “family” and his “image”.
“My reason for leaving is not the money,” Suárez said.
“If it were for the money I would have left already. My main reason is my family and my image – that’s my priority now.
“It’s a difficult moment for me. The coach and my colleagues know that they didn’t treat me well [in England].
“I don’t feel comfortable here any more, so I think it’s understandable that I leave.”
Suárez, who joined Liverpool from Ajax back in January 2011, said that he does not have any formal offers from other clubs.
“I don’t have any offer yet,” he continued. “I don’t know if I will finally leave or if I will stay. The club knows what I think and what I want.
“I don’t know what will happen. I have a contract. If I stay I will do my best but I don’t think that will happen because of all the bullying from the press against me and the team is very aware of everything.”
The striker, who is currently serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, went into further detail about how he felt he was “persecuted” by the British media.
“Being persecuted from the paparazzi all the time,” he continued. “I couldn’t go to my garden or the supermarket – I couldn’t do anything. I know it’s normal being followed by the press, but it’s too much.
“All the silly things said about me, all the pictures, all the taunts – that happened every day and nobody supported me.
“They talked about me being named the best player in England but I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I knew it because of the way they treated me.
“The straw that broke the camel’s back was my mistake [the bite on Ivanovic] – I accept it, my fault – but they went too far.”