LUIS Suarez has signed a long-term extension to his Liverpool contract.
The Uruguayan, who has been away on international duty at the London Olympics and has only just returned to Melwood, the club’s training base, was a reported target for Serie A champions Juventus, after impressing during his season and a half at Anfield.
Rumours circulating in the press this morning suggested that the ‘old lady’ of Italian football were ready to step up their pursuit of the South American frontman by launching a firm bid, however, his current employers beat them to the punch by persuading Suarez that he is better off on Merseyside.
Suarez, who has been vilified by large sections of the mainstream media during his time at Liverpool, has always insisted that he loves the club, the fans and his life in the North West and his actions today have gone a long way towards proving those words.
“To sign a new contract with Liverpool is unbelievable for me because I am so happy here at both the club and also in the city,” said the Uruguayan.
“I am happy off the pitch because the people of Liverpool are good with me and my family. I try my best on the pitch and when you are happy off the pitch, you are happy on the pitch. I want to say thank-you to the fans because they are our 12th player. The supporters of Liverpool are unbelievable.”
The announcement was accidentally made, before the club’s official website, via LFCTV earlier today but has since been reported by various media outlets, and has now been confirmed by the club. Suarez has scored 21 goals in 52 appearances in his Liverpool career to date and has become a firm favourite amongst the club’s passionate fanbase.
The new manager could not contain his delight at today’s news, saying:
“I’m delighted. When you have the opportunity to work with world-class players it’s fantastic. There were certainly a few clubs who were interested in him but over the off-season he and I communicated well – and he’s committed himself for the long term here now.
“He’s really looking forward to playing in this way of working. As a manager and for the supporters, I’m delighted because I know how important he is for them.”
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