Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will not be leaving Anfield in the summer according to the Red’s managing director Ian Ayre.
Ayre has told Sky Sports that his club has no interest in selling its prize asset as they look to continue their rebuilding process.
With the club almost certain to miss out on a place in the Champions League next season it had been feared that the Uruguayan star would start to look for a move to a club that could give him the chance to showcase his talents on the biggest stage.
Repay Liverpool’s loyalty
Suarez had reportedly indicated that he wanted to give Liverpool at least one more season to try to reach the Champions League as he wants to repay the loyalty they showed him during his race row with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and his subsequent suspension.
However, he also told an interviewer in his native Uruguay that he would ‘welcome offers from elite clubs’. While Ayre claimed that those comments had been lost in translation it increased speculation that the 26-year-old could be leaving at the end of the season.
Ayre has now renewed his efforts to end the speculation by saying Suarez will not be sold. He said: “the last thing in our mind is selling Luis Suarez. He’s not for sale. It’s not something we’re interested in.
“I remember when they (Fenway Sports Group) bought the team, John (Henry) made a comment in the media: We don’t want to just build a team to win but to keep winning. To do that you have to have a number of world-class players on your team.”