Striker Luis Suarez spikes speculation over his Liverpool FC future and salutes Reds support
LUIS SUAREZ has spiked speculation about his Liverpool future – and expressed his appreciation for the support he has received since he moved to Anfield in January 2011.
The departure of Kenny Dalglish, who signed the Uruguayan, and the difficulties Suarez has endured in England following last season’s unsavoury race row with Patrice Evra, have led to stories linking Suarez with a summer move to Spain.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were both reported to be monitoring the striker’s situation, but Suarez dismissed the speculation over the weekend.
“Being honest, I have never talked to anyone from Barca or Real Madrid. If the rumours are to be believed I would have already played for 20 teams,” he declared.
“Liverpool have had a good season and we got to two cup finals. In the Premier League we did not finish as high as expected, but positive things have been taken. Liverpool is a 10/10 club for the supp-ort they give the players. I am very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premiership.”
Suarez’s statement echoes managing director Ian Ayre’s claim last week that he has spoken to key members of the squad following the departure of Kenny Dalglish – and has now dismissed any talk of high-profile exits.
“I spoke to all our senior players and I don’t think that will happen,” said Ayre. “Of course Kenny is an important part of the fabric of the club and always will be. There isn’t anyone who won’t be disappointed with the decision but at the same time players are respectful.
“It’s about the football club. We are talking about going forward, not going backwards.”
Martin Kelly, meanwhile, has been voted Liverpool’s Young Player of the Season in a poll voted for by supporters on the club’s official website.
Kelly polled 28 per cent of the vote, just pipping nearest rival Jordan Henderson with 25 per cent.
Jonjo Shelvey picked up 20 per cent and Sebastian Coates came fourth with 14 per cent.
Kelly made 20 appearances throughout the campaign and scored one crucial goal – the clincher in the Carling Cup win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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