Luis Suarez has suggested he is preparing to quit Liverpool, saying it is a good time for him to move to a new club.
The Reds must be wishing the 26-year-old had a mute button they could activate whenever he returns to his native Uruguay. He never fails to stir things up when talking to the media in South America, and didn’t disappoint in yesterday’s news conference ahead of Uruguay’s game against France next week.
Just a day after admitting it would be “difficult to say no” to Read Madrid, Suarez hinted that he is ready to leave Anfield.
He said “It’s a good moment for a change of environment because of all I’ve been through.”
He added: “I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying.”
Suarez was full of praise for Liverpool, but said the “rest of England” could prompt his departure.
He continued: “I have only words of thanks to the club, the fans of Liverpool.
“But the treatment I received from the rest of England in recent weeks has been tough.
“It is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me.”
The striker, currently part way through a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, denied suggestions that he is already in talks with Real Madrid ahead of a possible move.
He said: “It is normal that it is impossible to say no to big teams for which one always dreams. Yet I have nothing, I have not spoken with Real Madrid nor with Liverpool.
“My agent has not told me anything either and that leaves me alone, but they [the media] are speculating.
“Every time you do something it becomes big. I just said I’m very happy at Liverpool and I’ll be forever grateful to this great city and this club made me grow so much, where I still have a contract.”