Luis Suarez says Steven Gerrard convinced him against Arsenal move

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard persuaded Luis Suarez not to leave Liverpool for Arsenal, says the striker.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Luis Suarez has revealed on OTRO what Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told him to persuade him not to leave Liverpool for Arsenal.

Gerrard, who was appointed the Rangers manager in the summer of 2018, played with Suarez - now at Barcelona - at Liverpool.

According to Sky Sports, the 32-year-old striker wanted to leave the Reds for Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2013.

 

The move did not materialise, and the Uruguay international switched to Spanish and European giants Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £75 million.

Suarez has revealed how former England international midfielder Gerrard, then his teammate at Liverpool, convinced him not to switch to the Gunners.

Former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez #9 of FC Barcelona and Steven Gerrard #8 of the Los Angeles Galaxy walk off the pitch after exchanging jerseys at halftime during International...

Suarez told OTRO, as transcribed by Sky Sports: “We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly.

"I'm about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me 'I promise that if you stay this year you're going to take off and next year you'll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won't be better off at Arsenal’.

"This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying. His words convinced me in that moment.”

Honours

Suarez has been a huge success at Barcelona, and the striker has won more trophies at the Spanish club than he would have at Arsenal.

The former Ajax ace has won La Liga three times, the Copa del Rey on four occasions, and the Champions League on one occasion with Barcelona.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona is tackled by Jason Denayer of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at...

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