Luis Suarez denies he has a clause allowing him to join Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Liverpool ace Luis Suarez after the striker confirmed he does not have a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Merseyside if a bid is forthcoming from the Bernabeu.

Suarez was the Premier League's leading scorer with 31 goals to his name this season - but his heroics weren't quite enough to deliver Liverpool to their first Premier League title, with Manchester City just pipping them to the post.

Liverpool were able to keep hold of the Uruguayan last year despite heavy interest from Arsenal, and it seems as though they face an even harder battle this summer with Real Madrid said to be sniffing around their star player.

Reports have suggested that a £70 million bid from Real Madrid would be sufficient to trigger a clause in the 27-year-old's contract that would allow him to discuss a move away from Anfield.

However Suarez, speaking at an event to promote 888 Poker, insisted that such a clause doesn't exist.

"I don't want to answer that. I try to avoid press speculation," he said. "I know what I want and what my agent says is good for me, but I don't want to comment on speculation.

"I didn't sign any contract with clauses prioritising a certain team."

Liverpool fans will be happy to hear Suarez deny the rumours - although a long summer of speculation lies ahead for both club and player.

However Suarez insists that despite the inevitable rumours about his future, he's concentrating on helping his country succeed at the World Cup.

"My focus is on the World Cup now," he explained.

"Everyone remembers the last World Cup we won in Brazil. But that is the past. I don't know if it was a miracle, in football you never know what will happen.

"Our group is one of the most difficult. We will go forward thinking in each game as it comes."

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