Real Madrid Transfers: Could Luis Suarez Stay Under Control at the Bernabeu?
It is a difficult moment for me. My coach and my colleagues know that they [the media] didn't treat me well. Because of the paparazzi I could not go in my garden, I could not go to the supermarket. My reason for leaving is not the money. It's my family and image. I don't feel comfortable here any more.
Marca have cited Real Madrid, as the favourites to secure the 26-year-old's signature. However, as their wait for a new manager—presumably Carlo Ancelotti—continues, they appear tied up in places away from the transfer market.
There was a certain irony of Suarez's timing too, as he hinted at wanting to swap England for Spain because of press intrusion, Jose Mourinho was heading in the opposite direction—the Spanish press playing more than a passing part in his switch.
In some ways Suarez only has himself to blame for his reasons for wanting to leave Liverpool. He got involved in that nasty exchange with Patrice Evra that led to an eight-match ban, and he bit Branislav Ivanonic's arm for a 10-game ban—not the press.
While playing for Ajax, in Holland, he got in trouble for biting Otman Bakkal too, earning a seven-match ban. His behaviour, unfortunately, has followed his wonderful talent wherever it has gone—what's to say he won't end up vilified by the press in Spain?
Obviously it is difficult to say how the media in the Spanish capital will react to him, let alone portray him, that will largely depend on his performances on the pitch—although in a 2009 interview Fernando Torres suggested the press in Spain are less forgiving, as reported by Jim White of The Telegraph.
Although people can change, it is highly unlikely he'll remain under control, though. Everything Suarez does is under scrutiny. For 95 percent of the time he will remain exemplary, a star, but there will always be that other five percent—the five percent shown at both Ajax and Liverpool.
The Uruguayan international may believe that a move to the Bernabeu is what is needed—a change of scenery. The only change he actually needs is to his character. If he thinks that can happen in Spain, then so be it.
If Real Madrid do lure him away from Anfield this summer, they will have acquired one of Europe's best players. They'll also have lured away someone who is liable to bring unwanted media attention to the club on the odd occasion.
That's Luis Suarez.
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