‘Liverpool promised I could leave’

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has urged the club to ‘honour their promise’ and let him leave this summer.

Arsenal are reported to have made a bid for the Uruguay striker, whilst Real Madrid are also said to be interested.

And the goalscorer has claimed that the Anfield side made a promise last season that he could leave if they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

"Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I'd be allowed to go," he told the Guardian.

"I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.

“They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I'm not going to another club to hurt Liverpool.

"I'm 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there.

"It is not as if I am asking to move to a local rival. And I would not consider moving to a club outside the Champions League.

“I have made my desire to move known in private various times and now it feels like the time for me to make it public.

"I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: 'Stay another season, and you have my word if we don't make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave.’”

The controversial forward then commented on remarks he made earlier this summer about a potential move to Santiago Bernabeu.

“I was asked a question: 'Would I want to play for Madrid?' It's like anyone asked if they want to change jobs and move to a bigger company.

“Everyone aspires to the highest levels and all I did was give an honest answer: 'Yes, I would.' On the same day I gave that interview Pepe Reina said the same thing about Barcelona and nobody mentioned it.

“But if I do it then it means I am disrespecting Liverpool. It has always been the same: one rule for me and another for everyone else.”

A move to north London looks the outcome, but these comments could now pique the interest of Los Blancos.

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