Luis Suarez signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool only in December and publicly said that he will not leave just weeks ago, but there has always been a suggestion that if Real Madrid come calling, then he will go.
Those suspicions have now been confirmed by no other than the striker’s lawyer and friend Alejandro Balbi, who told Cadena Ser: ‘A year ago he was very likely to leave Liverpool. Now I think it is very difficult because he is an idol, although clubs can offer a lot of money. If there is such a big offer from Real Madrid, it is very difficult to say no. Luis Suarez has always had a predisposition for Spain’.
Liverpool fans might be wondering why he would leave a club who have just finished second in the Premier League, will play in next season’s Champions League and are set for bigger things in the future. The problem is that it is indeed almost impossible to say no to Madrid. After all, Los Blancos are the world’s biggest club, and to make matters worse for the Reds, they have just won the Champions League for the 10th time.
Moreover, at Madrid, Suarez will get to play with some of the world’s best players, especially with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. In South America, Madrid are huge and it would be really hard for Suarez to turn down an offer from the Spanish giants. Last year Suarez claimed that he would be keen to join them, but apparently it was Madrid who were not too interested in him. This time it is different.
Every year Madrid president Florentino Perez signs a Galactico. Last summer it was Gareth Bale for a world-record transfer fee of £85 million. The Welshman was the best player in the Premier League in 2012-13 and he was snapped up by Madrid. This campaign, it was Suarez who won the PFA Player of the Year award and Perez will know this is the man who could be his next big signing.
Of course, there will be other strikers on Madrid’s wishlist, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero being one who has been mentioned from time to time. Furthermore, with the World Cup just around the corner, things could change over the next month or so. A new star could emerge who would attract Madrid, Suarez could suffer a long-term injury or coach Carlo Ancelotti may decide to maintain his faith in Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata.
However, now that someone from Suarez’s camp has made it clear that the 27-year-old is not averse to leaving Liverpool for Madrid, it is only going to make the Reds fans more edgy regarding the future of their best player.
If Madrid want someone, more often than not they get him. Financially, Liverpool are forced to sell Suarez (although a world-record bid might be too tempting to ignore), and it all comes down to the player himself. He may have said time and time again that he is happy at Merseyside, but his lawyer’s latest comments are only going to create more uncertainty over his future.
After all, how many times have you seen players claiming that they won’t leave only to do just that when a big offer comes in?