There were sighs of relief among the section of Liverpool fans in the Football Transfer Tavern today after Sky Sports journalist Simone Bargellini popped by to explain that Luis Suarez had dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Serie A champions Juventus.
Suarez has been in outstanding form for Brendan Rodgers’ team this season and reports had emerged from Italy that he could be a transfer target for the Old Lady in January.
However, despite acknowledging the interest from Antonio Conte, Suarez maintains he is happy to stay at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
“Serie A is very nice and a competitive league with great teams and great players,” Suarez told Mediaset after Liverpool’s victory against Udinese in the Europa League.
“I know (Conte wants me at Juventus) because it’s been talked about quite a lot and I always read a lot of stories in the newspapers.
“But I’m very happy at Liverpool. It is a club where many people would like to play.”
The Uruguayan striker has scored 39 goals in his 69 starts for the Anfield side after arriving from Ajax in January 2010 for £22.6 million and it would be a massive blow if Liverpool were to lose their star striker at this stage of the season.
It was thought that Suarez’ head may have be turned with an offer from Juventus with the tantalising prospect of playing in the Champions League knockout stages, however this denial will go some way to end speculation.