Luiz Suarez has ended speculation regarding his future by signing a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
The striker had been linked with a move to Juventus, the Italian giants reportedly planning a double swoop on the Premier League by also poaching Arsenal’s Robin van Persie.
But despite occasionally troubled times on Merseyside, the Uruguay international has given new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers a major boost ahead of the new season by committing himself to Liverpool.
Suarez, back in training at Melwood yesterday following his involvement in Uruguay’s failed bid for Olympic gold, has confirmed he could not be more content with life on Merseyside.
“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city,” Suarez said.
“When you are a kid, everybody wants to play for Liverpool. I am here now and it is a dream for me, and now I am a Liverpool fan. I am happy off the pitch because the people of Liverpool are good with me and my family.
“I try my best on the pitch and when you are happy off the pitch, you are happy on the pitch. I want to say thank you to the fans because they are our 12th player. The supporters of Liverpool are unbelievable.’’
Liverpool accidentally broke the news on their television channel earlier in the day before the report was swiftly pulled, citing a ‘temporary fault’.
It was not until another four hours later, at 6pm, the club finally confirmed Suarez had pledged his future to the Reds. Despite the gaffe, Rodgers is delighted to be working with a player of Suarez’s calibre.
“When you have the opportunity to work with world-class players it’s fantastic,” said Rodgers.
“There were certainly a few clubs who were interested in him, but over the off-season he and I communicated well and he’s committed himself for the long term here now. He’slooking forward to playing in this way of working. As a manager and for the supporters, I’m delighted because I know how important he is for them.”
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