Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suarez happy at Liverpool; Xabi Alonso remains undecided over future

Luis Suarez has revealed he is happy at Liverpool amid speculation linking him with a summer move away from Anfield.

Uruguay international striker Luis Suarez has revealed he is happy at Liverpool amid speculation linking him with a summer move away from Anfield, Sky Sports understands.

Suarez, 26, put pen to paper on a long-term deal at Anfield last season, but recent reports have suggested the Uruguayan could pursue pastures new in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Liverpool set to miss out on UEFA Champions League football next term.

All things considered, Suarez wants to stay at the club.

“I’ll be here next season, yes. Not only am I playing for Liverpool, I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world,” said Suarez. “I am very happy [at Liverpool] and I want to see out my contract, though in football you never know quite what’s ahead.

“A club can decide they don’t want you, even though you want to stay. In football things never turn out the way you plan.”

The 26-year-old Uruguay international, a nominee for the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year award, is the top goal scorer in the English Premier League with 23 goals in 33 league matches.

The other five finalists for the PFA Player of the Year award are Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie.

Due to his poor reputation on the pitch, Suarez was never a favourite to win the award, but his latest actions have surely eliminated him from consideration.

The hot-headed striker bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the second half of Sunday’s clash against Chelsea, only to score an equaliser in the seventh minute of injury time and earn Liverpool an improbable and undeserved point at Anfield.

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, this was not the first time Suarez bit an opponent.

According to Infostrada, “In November 2010, the Dutch FA awarded Luis Suarez a seven match ban for biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal. He did not play another League game for the club.”

How many matches should Suarez be banned for? Should Liverpool sell their controversial talisman in the summer?

These questions will be answered in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.

Xabi Alonso undecided over future

Real Madrid defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he has yet to make up his mind regarding his long-term future at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Sky Sports reports.

Alonso, 31, has been linked with a sensational summer return to Liverpool in recent weeks.

“I haven’t yet decided my future – I am signed to Real Madrid until 2014 and that is my situation,” said Alonso in The People.

Recent reports have suggested that Madrid are expected to seal a permanent switch for on-loan São Paulo FC midfielder Carlos Henrique Casimiro, commonly known as Casemiro.

In addition, Los Blancos are also reportedly considering a move for highly-rated Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Alonso has made 40 competitive appearances for Real Madrid this season, tallying five assists.


Shawn Etemadi



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