Wednesday Soccer headlines: Suarez criticizes Liverpool and says he will leave, Barcelona bid for Chelsea star, Rooney remains quiet, Tottenham spend big on possible Bale replacement.
- Luis Suarez has sensationally blasted Liverpool FC in an astonishing attack on his employer. Suarez, trying to force a move to Champions league side Arsenal, went to major British newspaper The Guardian and revealed he wants to leave, implying his manager is a liar who has betrayed him.
The striker - subject of two failed Arsenal bids last month - claims Liverpool are refusing to honour a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Anfield for £40m-plus if the club failed to qualify for this season's Champions League. A formal transfer request now seems likely, although this will cost Suarez certain entitlements of money.
Suarez told the newspaper: "Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that, if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season, I'd be allowed to go.”
"I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish. Now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement."
Suarez says he will take further steps if the Reds continue to block his move to London.
"I have the club's word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case, but I do not want it to come to that," he said.
"I don't feel betrayed but the club promised me something a year ago, just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.
"They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I'm not going to another club to hurt Liverpool."
Liverpool fans are likely to be incensed. The club has stood by Suarez through two lengthy bans, defending him to the hilt despite the player being found guilty of racism and a bite attack. Suarez however, feels he owes the club nothing, and suggested the club isn’t big enough for him.
“I think they understand a player when he has the ambition to triumph at the highest level.
"When you are at a club for as long as you are together you stick up for each other, but that does not give the club the right to go back on their commitment.
"Liverpool is a club with a reputation for doing things the right (way). I just want them to abide by the promises made last season."
"I'm 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there.
"People may accuse me of showing a lack of loyalty but last season we told Liverpool there was interest from a top European club and they told me: 'We've got a new coach and we're going to push for the Champions League'.
"I spoke with (Liverpool boss) Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: 'Stay another season, and you have my word that, if we don't make it, then I will personally make sure that you can leave'.
"Liverpool is a club with a reputation for doing things right. I just want them to abide by the promises made last season. Some of my team-mates say to me: 'We cannot understand that, if you have it signed, that you can't leave'."
It is another shocking development in the relationship between Suarez and Liverpool. Suarez appears to say Rodgers is a liar, implying he has gone back on his word. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers and Liverpool react. Who is wrong, Suarez or Rodgers? Some could claim that Liverpool are reaping what they sow, this is all Karma for sticking by a clearly classless individual.
For more on how Suarez and Liverpool ended up in such a mess, check out http://tjrsports.com/articles/disgrace-and-shame-luis-suarez-has-cost-liverpool-fc-their-dignity
- The other big news of the day is that Barcelona have made a bid for Chelsea and Brazil star David Luiz. Barcelona are badly in need of a top class defender, having been caught out in the champions league last season.
However, new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not likely to allow this transfer to happen. For one, Mourinho hates Barcelona. The special one also sees Luiz as a key player in his team. Chelsea don’t need the money, so no matter how much Barcelona bid, this move seems unlikely.
There remains no news on Chelsea’s proposed transfer for Wayne Rooney. Manchester United boss David Moyes refused to comment on it in a press conference yesterday. This could suggest the move is ongoing, or perhaps Moyes just really couldn’t be bothered.
-Tottenham have broke their personal transfer record by signing Valencia goal machine Roberto Soldado for £26 million. This could well make Tottenham alot less worried about selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, as they now have a goal scorer who could help fill the void that Bale will inevitably leave.
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