Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we realise that there is no place for loyalty in modern football but the conduct of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is taking this statement to new levels.
Growing impatient with Liverpool’s desire to keep him at the club the Uruguayan forward has spoke exclusively to The Guardian’s respected football journalist Sid Lowe to plead with the Reds to fulfil their promise they made to him a year to left him leave Anfield.
Lowe has now entered the tavern to inform punters that the 26-year-old striker is planning to submit a formal transfer request if the club continue to block his move to Arsenal and that he has been left with no choice after Liverpool’s stance.
Suarez revealed: “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go.
“I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.”
The former Ajax man now claims that Liverpool said he could depart if they failed to qualify for the Champions League and he confirmed speculation that a clause in his contract should allow him to leave if a team offers more than £40 million for his services.
Arsenal saw a bid of exactly £40 million and £1 rejected by the Reds and the striker could now take the issue to the PFA as he looks to force a transfer to the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool have denied any suggestions that clause obliges them to sell Suarez to one of their Premier League rivals but the player has insisted there is a formal agreement that he can leave.
“I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that,” he added.
“I don’t feel betrayed [by Liverpool] but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”
The Anfield club continue to claim that he will not be sold but Suarez’s decision to come out in such an outspoken manner may now change the situation.