Liverpool striker and this year’s PFA Player of the year Luis Suarez has revealed that he changed his ways from being a ‘bad boy’ in English football for the good of his own children.
The Uruguayan has said that he doesn't want to set a bad example to his kids, and has cleaned up his act in order for them to avoid reading about his antics on the internet.
Suarez revealed he knew he had to change after receiving a heavy 10 match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic towards the back end of the 2012/13 season. He now claims that he is ‘120% different’.
"When you have children and family, you want to change for them because maybe in a
few years' time, your children can see on the internet what their dad was doing," said Suarez, after receiving the Football Writers' player of the year to go with the PFA version he won last month.
"I think it was a difficult time, but if you have people around you to help you and help the team, it is very good.
"I knew when I started this season that if I did nothing wrong, if I didn't get involved with the referee and things like that, then people would not be able to say anything about me."
"I am an easy guy off the pitch and on the pitch I knew I had to change because I
Suarez has had an excellent season at Anfield despite missing the first six games because of
that 10 match ban, managing to bag 31 goals, winning the season’s Premier League golden boot with ease.
His excellent form has made him hot property around Europe, with Real Madrid making
their interest no secret. However Suarez has made it clear he has no intentions on leaving Anfield.
"I signed a contract because I love it here and I am so happy here," said the Uruguay international. "If you are not happy here, you do not sign a new contract."
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