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Suarez reiterates Anfield exit demand

ESPN staff
August 8, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Brendan Rodgers has denied Luis Suarez's claims that Liverpool broke promises to let him go

Luis Suarez has reiterated his belief that Liverpool will be breaking their word if he is not allowed to leave Anfield and join a Champions League club this summer in an interview with Marca, while saying Real Madrid have not contacted him to discuss a move.

Suarez has underlined his claim he had been promised a move this year should Liverpool not qualify for the Champions League and an offer over £40 million arrive. This version of events has been strongly denied by Brendan Rodgers, who is reportedly set to fine the Uruguay international for previous comments in The Guardian.

The player suggested in Thursday morning's Marca that the promise had been made by Liverpool's directors prior to Rodgers' arrival at Anfield in summer 2012.

"It is not that I want to leave, or that I am desperate to go, but I like to have things clear and a year ago we left things clear with the club," Suarez said. "We had an offer from a team in the Champions League; we looked at the situation with my agent and they told me that a new coach was coming, that the club would make a big bid to get into Europe and we renewed my contract with a new clause: if we did not reach the Champions League I could leave if an offer of £40 million arrived."

Suarez said speculation that Madrid representatives had been in direct contact to discuss a potential move to the Bernabeu was not entirely true, but suggested he would be more than happy to talk to the club.

"Sometimes there are more rumours than what is actually there in reality," he said. "Real Madrid never called me or Liverpool to negotiate. Any player always aspires to the maximum, and Real Madrid are there among the most important clubs in the world. It would be very difficult to say no to Madrid."

The Uruguay international said he and his representatives did have an offer from another, unnamed, club, which would appear to refer to Arsenal.

"The option we have is from a club in the Champions League, who are making a strong bid for me, and you always want to be where you feel comfortable," Suarez said.

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