There were huge cheers from Liverpool fans in the Football Transfer Tavern yesterday.
This was after BBC Sport announced that Liverpool star Luis Suarez has penned a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Reds, ending the intense speculation about his future.
The 26-year-old forward has been in sensational form for the Reds this term with 17 goals in his 11 Premier League starts and that world-class form had brought about reported interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal.
But Suarez, who joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011, has now signed a new deal to earn around £160,000 until the end of this season and then £200,000 per week over the final four years of the contract.
“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,” he said.
“I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.”
Suarez admitted his close bond with Liverpool’s fans was an important factor in his decision, particularly following his ten-match ban last season.
He told Liverpool TV: “I love the city and the supporters. They have helped me and I try my best on the pitch.
“It was a difficult time after the summer, but they helped me come back and play and I think when supporters help you off the pitch you try your best to make them happy on the pitch.”
He also revealed that manager Brendan Rodgers played an influential role in persuading him to pledge his immediate future to Liverpool.
“He was very important. When you have confidence with the manager you can try your best,” he said.
“When the team is together and you are happy in the dressing room, that makes me happy.”
Suarez’s future at Anfield looked in doubt during the summer as he attempted to force a move away with Arsenal submitting a audacious £40,00001 offer in their failed attempt to trigger an expired release clause in his contract. The Uruguayan international was even planning to submit a formal transfer request but his mindset seems to have changed given the Reds fine start to the season and now he’ll remain at the Merseyside for the foreseeable future.
However as one punter in the bar quips, this new contract doesn’t mean Suarez will be at Anfield for five years but they have ensured that the club will get more money for him when he goes to Real Madrid in the future.
What does this mean for Liverpool? Is Suarez the best player in the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts below.
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