Luis Suarez has claimed he wants a “friendly” agreement with Liverpool over a transfer to Arsenal.
Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers criticised the Uruguay international for a lack of respect after an interview he gave to English press, in which Suarez claimed he had been promised a transfer this summer by the club.
Arsenal have made a £40,000,001 bid for Suarez, believing it to be enough to activate a clause in his contract that he claimed in the interview came into play if Liverpool did not qualify for the Champions League.
The bid was rejected and it was confirmed by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor that the clause was not water tight and that, as far as he can see, Liverpool are not under any obligation to sell.
Rodgers has now told Suarez to train away from the rest of the first team – though the 26-year-old still wants to leave the club on good terms.
In a recent interview with Spanish Publication Marca, he claimed that he was hoping the prospective move to Arsenal would go through amicably and reiterated his belief that promises had been broken.
“My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn't been,” he said.
“It's not that I want to or am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear.”
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard even publicly advised Suarez to stay at Anfield, but the striker insisted that Champions League football was the key, despite his respect for Gerrard.
“Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer,” added the former Ajax man.
"Now I have the chance, I want to take it. A Champions League team (Arsenal) is making a big effort to get me and one always wants to be where they feel comfortable.”
Despite admitting a desire to leave, Suarez maintained that he would give his all for Liverpool up until he get the move he wants.
"I'm still defending the Liverpool shirt and I will do so until the last minute," he said.
However, reports this week suggested Liverpool were not about to countenance any deal with Arsenal and are refusing to sell.
With a little over three weeks of the transfer window left, it is hardly the situation Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted and any move is likely to be held up until the final days of the window.
Suarez may want to leave on friendly terms with Liverpool, but the reaction of Rodgers and the club's fans to his interview may make that an unrealistic prospect.
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