Luis Suarez has revealed that he would be open to a summer move to Real Madrid, with reports claiming that a deal has already been struck in principal to take the Liverpool forward to the Bernabeu. While not revealing whether there had been a direct approach from Madrid, Suarez would not rule out a transfer. The Uruguayan also claimed that treatment from some in the English media have contributed to his decision to consider leaving Anfield.
"There is nothing concrete but it will always be difficult to say no to Real Madrid," he told Uruguayan radio station Radio Sport 890. "I love Liverpool, but if there's any chance to play elsewhere? I've suffered a lot from when I was a kid for some English journalists to be criticizing me in an unfair manner only for my attitudes and not as a player."
Suarez has been embroiled in controversy since joining Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 -- receiving an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra before last month biting Branislav Ivanovic in a match against Chelsea. Suarez will miss the first six matches of next season, following his 10 match suspension for the latest indiscretion.
Liverpool steadfastly defended Suarez during the racism saga and the player is said to appreciate the club’ support and be generally happy at the club. Yet, with the Merseyside outfit having again failed to qualify for the Champions League, there has been much speculation over the 26-year-old’s future. Reports have claimed that Suarez has a buyout clause of around £40 million, which, given Liverpool’s determination to hang onto their biggest asset, would have to be met for a deal to happen. Spanish publication Marca, with close ties to Real Madrid, has claimed that an agreement has already been reached between Suarez and Madrid.
Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola has dismissed those claims, however. The brother of former Barcelona coach and incoming Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports News that Suarez is “happy” at Liverpool and has no intention of walking away during the summer transfer window.
If a transfer does transpire it will be a significant blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is looking to continue constructing a team capable of returning to the Premier League’s elite and the prestigious Champions League.