STRIKER Luis Suarez admits he does not know what his future holds and, while he insists he is very happy to be at a “spectacular” club like Liverpool, he also considers the time may be right for a “change of environment”.
Following the Reds’ failure to qualify for the Champions League again, the Uruguay international’s future has been the subject of much speculation.
That increased when the 26-year-old gave an interview to a radio station in his homeland in which he suggested he could not ignore any approach from Spanish giants Real Madrid. His agent Pere Guardiola has intimated the striker is content at Liverpool and the player has reaffirmed that himself, although he has far from ruled out an Anfield exit
“I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying,” said Suarez at a press conference ahead of Uruguay’s friendly with France on 5 June in Montevideo. “Obviously the club want me to stay, but I’ve talked to the coach [Brendan Rodgers] and he knows what I want. He was a player and my team-mates understand that my situation is difficult.
“It’s a good moment for a change of environment because of all I’ve been through in England, where I haven’t been judged as a player but based on other things. 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 [Liverpool] is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me”.
Meanwhile, Madrid president Florentino Perez claims Tottenham forward Gareth Bale was “born” to play for the club.
Perez is currently running unopposed to remain in his position heading into this summer’s scheduled elections but has nonetheless given a public address about his future plans.
The name of Wales international Bale figured prominently with the 23-year-old coming off the back of another stellar season. A second PFA Player of the Year award added further to his appeal and speculation about whether he will stay with Spurs has started to grow as a result of the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Madrid have been considered a natural fit for him by some, and Perez was yesterday quoted in Marca as saying: “Bale was born to play in Madrid.”