Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rubbished rumours that Luis Suarez will be sold in the summer transfer window, reiterating his importance to the club’s future.
The Uruguayan international, who was Liverpool’s top scorer with 30 goals in the recently concluded season, has drawn interest from multiple prestigious clubs from across Europe.
German giants Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as strong candidates to prize him away from Anfield for a transfer fee expected to be in the region of £40 million.
The fact that Suarez was slapped with a ten-match ban by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic could facilitate the 26-year-old’s exit from Merseyside, as he will miss out on the Reds' first six league games of the next campaign.
Despite the odds appearing to be against Liverpool in their bid to keep him at Anfield, Rodgers is optimistic that his star striker will spurn any advances from prying suitors.
The former Swansea City chief insisted that Suarez remained an indispensable part of his future plans, and revealed that even the owners were committed to holding onto him.
Speaking to The Sun, Rodgers said: "Listen, every player has their price but there's certainly no pressure for the club to sell him. We're trying to build that bit of quality so he's not for sale.
"I don't have any doubts there will be interest in him this summer, because he's up there," Rodgers added.
"There’s a small percentage of players who are world class and he’s in that bracket, so I don’t think it will be too dissimilar to when I first came in last summer, with clubs making their interest known.
"People will want to take him, but I think we all recognise how integral he is. The owners have been absolutely unequivocal in their resolve in terms of wanting to keep him."
Suarez will be off for international duty during the summer, representing Uruguay in the Confederations Cup.
And while the mercurial forward displays his prowess for his country, Rodgers remains confident he will return to the Liverpool fold an even better player.
Rodgers concluded: "I’ve been in contact with his agent, so I think he needs to go away, play in the tournament, have a period of reflection and come back, raring to go, to help us have a good season."
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