Wednesday 29 January 2020

Poyet fears Suarez may leave England amid PSG interest

Luis Suarez. Photo: Getty Images
Luis Suarez. Photo: Getty Images

Matt Scott

Gus Poyet has raised further doubts about Luis Suarez's Liverpool future by admitting he fears his compatriot will quit English football.

Brighton boss Poyet rushed to his close friend's defence following the recent race row with Manchester United's Patrice Evra and their families even spent time together after Liverpool beat Brighton 6-1 in the FA Cup last month.

"Yes, I am sorry for Liverpool," said Poyet. "I just hope that we can keep him in England."

Poyet added that, although the striker had said nothing explicitly to him about leaving Merseyside, he wondered whether the situation could be retrieved.

His comments follow suggestions that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a summer bid and Suarez appearing to welcome such interest on French television when he was asked to talk about his international team-mate Diego Lugano, who plays for PSG.

However, Liverpool are unconcerned by the Canal Plus interview and have rejected the idea it represented a hint to the Qatari-owned PSG.

In the interview, Suarez expressed his contentment with life at Anfield and reiterated his commitment to his contract. It is understood he has made it clear leaving Liverpool for a French team would be a step down, despite the wealth on offer.

Only a massive bid from Real Madrid or Barcelona would concern the Liverpool hierarchy.

"If you leave Liverpool you have to be leaving for something bigger," Poyet said. "I don't think you leave Liverpool for anything smaller and Liverpool is a top club." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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