LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Christmas at Anfield comes early as Luis Suarez signs new Liverpool deal

Luis Suarez has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract extension to commit his future to Liverpool.

The news comes just days after speculation began regarding Liverpool opening talks over a new deal with his agent, Pere Guardiola, in Barcelona.

The new contract sees Suarez receive an pay rise—becoming the most paid player in the club’s history. Next season he will be earning £200,000 a week, according to the BBC.

His previous deal saw him at Liverpool until 2016—this new deal puts another two years to take him up to 2018.

It is quite the turnaround from the player who tried to force his way out of Liverpool in the summer and now the Premier League‘s top scorer is just looking forward to qualiying for the Champions League with the Reds.

“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,” Suarez told the club’s official website.

“We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.

“Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.

“We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”

Whilst there has been no official say, it is expected that Suarez’s new contract contains an agreement for him to leave if the club do not meet his ambitions. No release fee, or acknowledgement of a release fee have been made public.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was of course delighted with the deal, which comes a day before Liverpool take on Cardiff City in their final home game of 2013.

“This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website.

“Luis is a world-class talent and securing his services is crucial for what we are trying to achieve here.

“What’s most important and most exciting is that, at just 26 years old, his best years are still ahead of him and we now know we’ll be seeing him reach that potential in a Liverpool shirt.”

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