Luis Suarez has revealed that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer - and added that it would be difficult to turn down Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Whether he is justly or unjustly hounded, Suarez has the right to relocate to a place where his previous actions are less scrutinised, and he seems to feel that Madrid is the city to offer this fresh chance.
"It's a good moment for a change of environment because of all I've been through in England, where I haven't been judged as a player but based on other things,” he said.
"I had a hard time, very hard, and the things that have been said are lies. One has limits and the family also suffers.”
On rumours of a move to Real, Suarez responded: "It is normal that it is impossible to say no to big teams for which one always dreams.
"Yet I have nothing, I have not spoken with Real Madrid nor with Liverpool.”
Suarez is not the only Premier League superstar to be linked with a switch to the Spanish capital this summer.
Tottenham star Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett also intimated that his client would consider a move if the Spanish giants came knocking, although only if his club Tottenham would allow.
"If Florentino (Perez, Real president) is interested in Gareth Bale, then that would be an honour and we would listen, but his contract is with Tottenham. We are not free to talk to anyone," he said.
Since this interview on MarcaTV, there have been no further comments from the Bale camp about any possible transfer this summer. And Spurs fans must be delighted that, since then, Liverpool’s talisman has taken over the role of major transfer subject between an English club and Real, having essentially declared that now may be the time to leave Liverpool.
The fact that the Suarez story has moved along significantly further than the Bale story, and in such a short space of time, implies that it is a much more realistic transfer to occur.
Suarez doesn’t have the star power of Bale; he is also older and will come with some of the baggage that has followed him wherever he has played in Europe, but he would still command a large transfer fee - possibly £40m plus.
Paying such a large fee for one Premier League player makes the likelihood of a transfer for another more expensive target that much more unlikely. It is likely that Bale will command anywhere between £60 and £80m - and this might just mean that Real may be willing to wait another year to get their man.
And until the Welshman comes out and says a similar thing to Suarez, it looks like he is happy to spend another year in north London.
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