Suarez denies saying he is to stay at Liverpool

Luis Suarez has denied a report from the Uruguayan press in which he was quoted as saying he was to remain at Liverpool, ESPN has reported.

Suarez has spoken often this summer about his desire to leave Anfield for a team playing in the Champions League, with Arsenal making a number of bids for the former Ajax forward – all rejected by the Reds, who have remained firm in their position that Suarez will not be sold.

It appeared Suarez had given up trying to force his way out of the club when a quote attributed to him appeared but speaking in Japan, where he has been on international duty, Suarez flatly denied making the comments. “I didn’t say that, maybe someone else did and the main thing is that I am here now with the national team,” Suarez is quoted as saying by the Kyodo News.

Suarez had previously been quoted as saying: “For now, due to all of the people’s affection (for me), I will be staying.” The comment was publicised by a Uruguayan journalist thought to be close to Suarez, although ESPN adds the same journalist claimed Suarez was about to join Arsenal three weeks ago.

It was claimed by Suarez that Liverpool reneged on a handshake agreement to sell him to a Champions League club this summer – Liverpool denied such a deal – and that he had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for a fee topping £40m. Liverpool argued, correctly it transpired, that the clause only meant they had to inform Suarez of the offer, but were still free to turn it down.

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