Liverpool expect Luis Suarez to stay for next season says managing director Ian Ayre


Kop chief optimistic he and manager Rodgers can talk striker out of a transfer once he joins the Reds’ pre-season tour

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has warned the club will continue fighting to keep Luis Suarez.

The £40million-rated Uruguayan has made clear his intention to quit Anfield, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all circling.

But, as Suarez was named in the squad for the Reds’ tour of the Far East and Australia, Ayre said: “Our expectation is he’ll be pulling on a shirt for Liverpool and carrying on with his contract.”

Ayre has also confirmed Arsenal – who have had a £30million offer rejected – are the only club to have made an actual bid.

And he has insisted the Reds still want Suarez to pull on the shirt next season, despite the striker naming the Emirates and Madrid as just two of his preferred destinations.

Ayre went on: “We’ve been pretty consistent on Luis.

“He has made some comments in the media, we’ve made it clear it’s not our intention to sell him, he has three years left on his contract.

“We did have an offer, only one offer, from Arsenal. We rejected that offer and they haven’t made a subsequent bid.

“As far as we’re concerned, he remains our player and it’s always more difficult when players are off on international duty and not in the fold.

“But he’ll be back with us, joining us in Melbourne for the tour and hopefully once he gets back, between myself and [manager Brendan Rodgers] we can settle him down and focus him on the season ahead.”



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