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Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, left, is congratulated by his teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's first goal during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, left, is congratulated by his teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's first goal during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, left, is congratulated by his teammate Luis Suarez after scoring his side's first goal during the soccer Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher does not believe it is a foregone conclusion that striker Luis Suarez will leave this summer.

The Uruguay international has made numerous public pronouncements since the end of the season, suggesting a move to Real Madrid interests him and claiming his mistreatment at the hands of the British media has driven him to look elsewhere.

Liverpool have not yet heard from the player or his agent about his intentions and no approach has been made by the Spanish side. Suarez is still on international duty at the Confederations Cup, where he has a third-place play-off against Italy tomorrow, but once the tournament has finished it is anticipated there will be some movement in regards to his situation.

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And despite all the indications pointing towards an exit for the 26-year-old, Carragher, who retired at the end of last season, remains hopeful his former club can hang onto a player who scored 30 goals last season.

"I think he might stay. Some big clubs will be interested in him because he is such a top player and that is something we have to accept," he said. "We can't complain about that, we bought him off Ajax.

"He signed a contract last summer and he has a few years left and hopefully we can keep him, He is very important. He was probably the best player in the Premier League last season and you want to be keeping your best players."

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler hopes changes at three of England's top four clubs this summer give the Reds a chance of making up some ground. He said: "For this season, there have been a few more players added to the squad, so I think the consistency will be a little bit better.

"The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have got new managers now, so hopefully it will be a bit of a sticking point for them."

Stoke have completed the signing of Holland defender Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven.

The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will cost Stoke a fee of $3.6million. Pieters becomes Stoke manager Mark Hughes' first new signing since he succeeded Tony Pulis.


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