Luis Suarez has accused Liverpool of breaking a promise to allow him to leave for a Champions League club this summer, BBC
The 26-year-old is expected to put in a formal transfer request by the end of the week if there is no softening of Liverpool’s position, the BBC adds, and he told both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph that Rodgers made a verbal commitment last summer that he would not stand in Suarez’s way if he wanted to leave during this pre-season.
“I gave absolutely everything last season. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement,” he said. “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” Suarez continued.
Arsenal have been the club pushing to sign Suarez, making two bids that have both been rejected – the second coming in at £1 over the £40m release clause Suarez’s contract was thought to contain, although Liverpool dispute the meaning of the clause. The club are adamant it means they only have to inform Suarez of an offer; the player’s camp believes the clause compels Liverpool to accept any offer over £40m.
Suarez continued: “I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it.
“I don’t feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago, just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.”
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