Luis Suarez reiterates desire to leave Liverpool

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Liverpool's star striker Luis Suarez has reiterated his desire to leave the Merseyside club in search of Champions League football, according to BBC Sport.

In a meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre, Pere Guardiola, the Uruguayan's agent and brother of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, emphasised that Suarez wanted to leave to pursue his ambitions of playing in the Champions League.  

In a Liverpool career blighted with controversy and speculation, it has hardly come as a surprise that Suarez has, not for the first time, requested to leave Anfield, but the move will not go down well with Liverpool fans, especially as the club has defended and supported Suarez throughout his numerous controversies.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in 2011 and was banned for ten games in April after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, a suspension he is still serving.

Despite this latest development, it is believed that Liverpool have no intention of selling their most prized asset, and it is widely accepted that a bid of around £50m would be necessary for them to consider selling.   

Rumours have emerged of interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, with Arsenal believed to have had a £30m bid rejected. It's also unlikely that Liverpool would want to sell the 26-year-old to a rival Premier League club, although interest from abroad appears to be waning, with little interest being shown from clubs such as Real Madrid at the moment.

Liverpool are also believed to have a good working relationship with Guardiola, and remain hopeful that they can hold onto the Uruguayan, who is currently on an extended break following his Confederations Cup exploits, although his popularity with the fans will plummet after this latest incident.

Rodgers must now make perhaps the biggest decision of his managerial career. Cash in on the troublesome yet talented striker now, or try and keep hold of him to maintain Liverpool's status as challengers for a Champions League place.


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