Liverpool not intending to sell striker Suarez, says Ayre

Managing director Ian Ayre has told a press conference in Thailand that Liverpool “have never had any intention” of selling Luis Suarez, Sky Sports has reported, amid considerable interest from Arsenal, which has seen two bids rejected for the Uruguayan striker.

Suarez has been unsettled all summer, publically stating that he would like to join Real Madrid should the opportunity arise. Arsenal, however, have been the front-runners, with bids of around £30m and £40m having been turned down, with Liverpool valuing the 26-year-old at over £50m.

Despite the interest, Ayre explained that Liverpool are intent on keeping Suarez, who still has several years remaining on his contract. Ayre said: “The situation with Luis Suarez remains the same. It’s never been our intention to sell Luis. We have received two separate offers from Arsenal and have rejected both.

And ahead of a friendly with the Thailand national team on Sunday, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers also discussed Suarez’s future, adding: “I know what we are trying to build and grow, so why would you swap Liverpool to go to Arsenal? I am not sure that it adds up, to be honest.

Arsenal have a wonderful history in their own right but Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world. We are not in the Champions League and haven’t been for a while now, but we have to step up to the challenge. It is difficult for Luis, I understand that. If a team wants you, it can be difficult.

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