Aldridge warns against new Liverpool contract for Suarez
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has warned his old club not to offer a new contract to Luis Suarez, the Metro has reported, as Aldridge doubts the Uruguay international’s commitment to the Anfield outfit.
Suarez recently returned from a 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and netted twice in his first Premier League match back against Sunderland, but at one stage in the summer it was unclear if Suarez had played his last game in Liverpool colours. The forward strongly pushed for a move away from Merseyside, eventually resigning himself to staying at the club when Liverpool refused to countenance a sale to either Arsenal or Real Madrid.
Reports suggested recently that Liverpool were preparing to offer Suarez a new contract after he remained at the club, but Aldridge believes offering the former Ajax attacker fresh terms would send the wrong message, given his behaviour over the summer. “Suarez was very keen to leave Liverpool in the summer and I have no doubt that he will look to get away once again,” Aldridge said.
“So why try and get him to commit to the club now, so soon after he did the dirty on them with his bid to join Arsenal? [Liverpool chief executive] Ian Ayre may have told the media he would consider a new contract for Suarez in a bid to dampen down any fresh speculation over the future of the striker.
“But if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League once again, I’m sure Suarez will want to leave and I would advise my old club to get as much money for him as possible and rebuild the team with the new funds,” Aldridge added.
It is thought a new contract for Suarez would take his wage packet to £160,000 per week, making the 26-year-old the highest-paid player in the Reds’ history.
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