Suarez is going nowhere, vow Liverpool despite hitman warning he would 'welcome' talks with Champions League clubs
20:04 GMT, 20 March 2013
10:19 GMT, 21 March 2013
Liverpool have 'no desire' to sell Luis Suarez, according to managing director Ian Ayre.
Suarez’s future at Anfield has made headlines this morning after it was reported he would be willing to talk with other clubs following an interview in his native Uruguay.
Ayre has, however, played down any notion the striker may be about to leave the Reds after signing a four-year deal last August.
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Club and country: Suarez (left) in Uruguay training under pressure from Liverpool teammate Sebastian Coates
Shaping up: Suarez admitted he would consider a summer move to a club in the Champions League
'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 Radio Five Live.
'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.
Suarez is under contract at Anfield until 2017, but in the interview hinted he could be tempted by a big-money move at the end of the season.
Disappointing: Suarez played in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by struggling Southampton on Saturday
'I am very happy at Liverpool but you
never know in football,' Suarez said ahead of his international side's
World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.
'If another team comes around with
more prospects of competing in international club competition games,
which is willing to have me, they are welcome.
'We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go.'
Philosophy: Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement his possession-based style at Liverpool
However, Suarez also recognised
Liverpool's strengths, including manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing
philosophy, which he hopes to see propel the club further next year.
Rodgers won plaudits for his Swansea
side's passing style last season, and has attempted to implement the
same structure at Anfield.
'A player’s ambition is always there, the ambition of wanting to play in elite teams is always there,' said Suarez.
'I’m in a world-class team, an elite team like Liverpool.
'We have to realise we have a new
manager who is imposing a philosophy and a way of playing that the
players are adapting to as best we can.
'We hope that it will bear fruit next year.'
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