Is it really his relationship with the British media ... or does he just want to play Champions League football?
Luis Suarez looks to be in pole position for this summer’s transfer saga extraordinaire as he continues to be linked with a move away from Liverpool after recent comments whilst away on international duty.
The Uruguayan has been quite openly courting a transfer to Real Madrid as he admitted it would be hard to answer ‘no’ should Los Merengues come a-knocking at his door with a lucrative offer.
But he went even further than simply acknowledging his admiration for another club when he mentioned quite specifically how now might be the right time to call quits on his Anfield career.
‘’My main reason is my family and my image. The coach and my colleagues know that the press didn't treat me well. I don't feel comfortable any more. I couldn't go to my garden or the supermarket. I couldn't do anything. I know it is normal being followed by the press but it was too much. The straw that broke the camel's back (biting Branislav Ivanovic) was my mistake. I accept my fault, but they went too far. I don't have any offer yet, and I don't know when I will leave, but it is a good moment for a change of environment after all I have been through in England.’’
So in reality is the press to blame for his exit?
You can see where he is coming from on one level and he is man enough to publicly admit that they had plenty of ammunition thanks to his often comically indecent antics on the football pitch.
But surely the real reason for his apparent desire to leave is something entirely more acceptable and understandable in the modern world of football.
Champions League football.
As much as I genuinely dislike the caricature like portrayal of a man that Suarez is on the field one thing I cannot deny is his supreme talent. He is easily one of the top ten attacking talents on the planet at this moment in time. In fact it is hard to argue with the idea of him potentially being in the top five with such illustrious company as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
And a player that good should be playing on the highest stage of his profession; for Suarez that is the Champions League.
While I am sure the press intrusion is a nuisance if Liverpool were in the Champions League next season I have no doubt that he would be able to grin and bear it.
But while they are not the grass on the other side will continue to look greener to the superstar striker.
Why do you think Luis Suarez wants to leave Liverpool?
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