Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has reiterated his desire to stay at the club, amid reported interest from Manchester City.
The Uruguayan has been in fine form so far this campaign, notching 11 goals in 16 appearances despite Brendan Rodgers’ men enduring a mixed start to the season.
Suarez’s recent performances have led to suggestions that Roberto Mancini was set to test Liverpool’s resolve with 40-million pound January move, but the forward has now underlined his commitment to the Anfield outfit.
“I have a very long contract here and it’s a dream come true to be playing at a club like Liverpool because, as I’ve said, as a boy I dreamt of playing for a team like this,” Suarez told the club’s website.
“Now I’m here, it’s all about enjoying myself and trying to be here for as many years as I can because I’m at a club where I’m very happy, my family is happy. I’ve got fantastic team-mates and a manager from whom I’m learning so much.
“As a player, it’s vital to have the backing of your manager and so I think that the confidence Brendan is showing in myself and the team as a whole is very important and it’s down to us to repay that trust out there on the pitch.
“Let’s hope we can keep improving. I’m working well and I’m very happy at a club where I’ve always wanted to be. At a club to whom I’m very grateful for the trust everyone is showing in me – a club with amazing supporters and team-mates who are all great people.
“The other important thing is that the squad is very united. In spite of not getting the results we would have liked, we have a great spirit of togetherness and let’s hope we can continue to pick up points.”
Suarez, 25, has regularly been subjected to booing from opposition supporters, largely due to his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra last season.
But he insists it does not affect him and went on to hail the support he has received from Liverpool fans since joining the club.
“I think you need to really know a person before you criticise them or speak out about them,” Suarez said.
“I think sometimes the opposition fans are more interested in booing Luis Suarez for the problems he had or because he’s gone down for something than they are in their own team.
“I think that each set of supporters should just worry about their own team and leave their opponents well alone, just like the Liverpool fans do.”