Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’ sensational form this season has attracted the attention of a number of suitors.
Despite the Uruguayan having signed a contract that keeps him at Anfield until 2018, the Premier League’s top goal scorer has been the subject of speculation he could be accosted by Bayern Munich this summer.
I wrote an article two weeks ago asserting my belief that Suarez would (and should) stay at Liverpool for the remainder of his career – above all else his form is reason enough to believe he is happy and enjoying his football playing for the Reds.
However, Thursday morning’s back pages were covered in quotes from the 26-year-old, which set off alarm bells that his head may have been turned by all the transfer talk.
"I am very happy at Liverpool, but you never know in football," Suarez told the Liverpool Echo.
"We would talk to the club, we would see if I want to go, if I don’t want to go."
This is surely not the kind of response the Kop faithful would have desired to questions raised over his future, which, since he signed his contract extension, looked to have been set in stone.
This kind of response, is something of a disservice to the club and the fans who have supported him through trials and tribulations of his own making last season.
The comment is too equivocal – it leaves room for doubt. When players are genuinely ‘happy’ which I believe he is, they don’t disqualify that statement by following it with ‘you never know’ and ‘we’ll see’ and ‘if’.
Whilst other news outlets are reacting as if he said he’s unhappy and wants to leave, I think that is too reactionary but that’s to be expected when he left such a huge ‘maybe’ hanging over his head.
It’s not a ‘come and get me plea’ as others have asserted but it’s definitely not a reassurance to the fans or the club that he would not be tempted should a club like Bayern Munich come in for him in the summer.
This is very risky business for the Uruguayan and he might find it comes back to bite him on the backside. It’s disrespectful and it happens all too often in modern football – players pledge allegiance to the badge and all that jazz but ultimately their loyalty disappears if and when it suits them.
Has his head been turned? It sounds a little bit like it has which begs the question: why signed a contract until 2018 if you don’t intend to honour it? That’s just bad business.
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