Will Suarez stay at Liverpool long-term or leave for a world-record fee?

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Luis Suarez’s new contract with Liverpool makes him highly likely to stay at Anfield for the next four years at least…

The 27-year-old Uruguayan is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals in 21 appearances and 15 assists to go with them. After a summer saga in which the striker looked close to making an exit from the Merseyside giants, the club agreed a new contract worth an incredible £200,000 a week in wages from June this year until June 2018.

The Reds also reportedly included a release-clause that applies to non-English clubs.

The forward, and one half of the ‘SAS’, was previously linked with Real Madrid, who splashed the cash last summer for Gareth Bale who currently remains the world record transfer for £85.3 million from Tottenham.

The Spanish giants have broken the world transfer record five times in the last 15 years bringing the likes of Luis Figo (£37m in 2000), Zinadine Zidane (£46.6m in 2001), Kaka (£56m in 2009), Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m in 2009) and Bale to the Bernabeu.

The current record for any English player remains Rio Ferdinand back in 2002 when Manchester United spent £29.1million acquiring him from Leeds United, but there has, to date, only been one Uruguayan to break the transfer record in English or world football. That was Juan Schiaffino back in 1952 who moved from Penarol to AC Milan for £72,000.

Luis Suarez looks set to stay at Anfield for the next four years and it would likely take a world-record bid to even tempt the Reds to consider letting their star striker leave. Either Suarez becomes a Liverpool legend, as he is well on his way to becoming, or he becomes the most expensive player in history.

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