Luis Suarez confirms he wants to leave Liverpool after press intrusion
CONTROVERSIAL striker Luis Suarez has confirmed he wants to leave Liverpool.
The Uruguayan has been making headlines all week with his candid interviews in his native country, claiming that a move to Real Madrid would be difficult to turn down and now could be the time for a "change of environment".
Suarez has now gone a step further by confirming he wishes to leave Anfield.
His reasons for wanting to do so have been laid at the feet of the British press.
"It is a difficult moment for me, my coach and my colleagues know that they (the media) didn't treat me well," he told a press conference.
"Because of the paparazzi I could not go in my garden, I could not go to the supermarket.
"My reason for leaving is not the money
"It's my family and image. I don't feel comfortable here anymore."
Suarez is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and hinted that it was this incident that put in motion his desire to leave.
"The straw that broke the camel's back was my mistake," he said.
The incident with Ivanovic was just one of a number of high profile incidents involving the striker since his move to the Premier League from Ajax. Most notably, he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
His confirmation of wanting to leave follows comments from the player all week that suggested he could be heading for the exit.
"It's a good moment for a change of environment because of all I've been through in England, where I haven't been judged as a player but based on other things," he said earlier this week.
"I had a hard time, very hard, in the things that have been said are lies. One has limits and the family also suffers.
"They treated me bad and it would be understandable if one day I go to my club (and the media are waiting for him) but I cannot walk my baby, the paparazzi are always there.
"My family, my image - that's what matters to me most. The coach and some colleagues know that I suffered, I was treated badly and I did not feel comfortable and they know perfectly.
"It's nothing against Liverpool, on the contrary, I feel very comfortable at the club, but I have a daughter and I do not want to hear bad things about her father.
"In England they talk about many things and in some ways I feel uncomfortable.
"I do not know when I'm going and I do not know if I'm staying.
"If I stay it is because it is a great club but also in turn I know that it is difficult because of the harassment I get from the press."
Real Madrid appears to be the obvious destination for Suarez, who spoke earlier this week about the difficulty in turning down the Spanish giants should they make an approach.
"England and Spain are the best leagues in the world," he said at a national team press conference ahead of a friendly against France in Montevideo.
"It is normal that it is impossible to say no to big teams for which one always dreams.
"Yet I have nothing, I have not spoken with Real Madrid nor with Liverpool.
"My agent has not told me anything either and that leaves me alone, but they (the media) are speculating.
"Every time you do something is becomes big. I just said I'm very happy at Liverpool and I'll be forever grateful to this great city and this club made me grow so much, where I still have a contract."
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a £40m move for Suarez, although Liverpool will be desperate to hold on to their leading striker, particular after his best season for the Reds in which he scored 23 Premier League goals.
The president of the Spanish side, Florentino Perez, said recently: Suarez is a great player and I am sure all in the world would want him. I like him and others too."
Independent News Service