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Suarez speaks out: I want Liverpool to let me go

The in-demand Uruguayan forward has said that the Reds promised he could leave if they missed out on the top four – and now he wants to go.

The Luis Suarez transfer saga has taken a massive twist with the player making his desire to leave Merseyside public. The tempestuous attacker claims that the Anfield club promised him last summer that should they miss out on Champions League qualification he would be allowed to leave.

Liverpool have rejected a number of transfer bids from Arsenal for the South American star, and Suarez has now stated that he wants to move on to obtain a chance to play in Europe’s top competition.

"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," he told The Guardian.

"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."

Suarez has also confirmed that he has the option of going to the league and pushing through a transfer, however he does not want to do this.

"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.

"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.

"They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I'm not going to another club to hurt Liverpool."

Suarez initially stated that he wanted to leave England to escape the British media, however his latest comments show that he is willing to stay and play in the Premier League – just for another club.

"My priority is Champions League football. This is about me doing what is right for my career at this moment in time.

"Right now the Premier League is the biggest and most important league. My record shows that I'm not the kind of player who wants to change clubs every season and I would have no problem playing in England for many more years.

“If we are just talking about the level of the football and the way the supporters are then it is an incredible league. Any player in the world at the moment would like to play here."

All of a sudden, Liverpool, who have repeatedly stated that Suarez is not for sale, are in a very difficult position. Keeping a player like Suarez on your books while he is unhappy is not a good move – the Uruguayan is fully capable of going AWOL.

Selling him to Arsenal would make the Reds’ chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League almost non-existent, but at the moment, with the north Londoners the only side at the bidding table, they may have no choice.

Liverpool will pray that Real Madrid come back with concrete interest, and they can sell Suarez overseas, for the highest possible price. At the moment however this does not look likely, with the Spaniards locked in their attempts to sign Gareth Bale.

For Brendan Rodgers’ project at Liverpool to continue to progress, the money that they receive in Suarez’s sale – most likely in the region of £40 million, needs to be reinvested in the squad. For that money Rodgers can sign three top players, which will hopefully soften the blow of their main man jumping ship.

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