Luis Suarez will remain at Liverpool next season – his club and international team-mates believe.
Captain Steven Gerrard says he thinks Suarez will stay this summer, although accepting that “maybe one day we will have to accept that Luis wants to move on.”
Gerrard told The Liverpool Echo:
“Luis has done the right thing by apologising and taking his medicine.”
“He’s really unhappy he can’t help the team, and he was really down when the ban came through. But once he is back from his ban, we will be the ones that benefit.
“Luis will want to make it up to the club and the team that he has been out for so long. He will be desperate to atone for that.
“I don’t think that what’s happened to Luis will affect him much in terms of his future. Maybe one day we will have to accept that Luis wants to move on, and that will be his decision.
“But I don’t see any signs of it at the moment. Luis has been really happy here at Liverpool and he seems settled here. I don’t see him wanting to leave right now.”
Meanwhile, last week, Uruguay national teammate Arevalo Rios told Radio Sarandi:
“The papers in England are coyotes. They try to rip Luis’ image to pieces. It disgusts our nation.”
“I speak to Luis, he feels sadness for the local people admirers, guilt for compatriots. But for those comedians, there is anger.
“They try to run him away, they do not understand that it has only angered him to stay for longer & longer.”
“To me Luis says, “I owe debt I cannot repay”. The club & people have great kindness. I tell him, honour it.”
Suarez is, of course, currently banned for 10 games, fuelling speculation of a move away from Anfield this summer. Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid head the list of interested clubs according to reports.