Luis Suarez wants out.
The Liverpool striker had been relatively quiet about a potential move to Arsenal, but on Tuesday, Suarez made his most emphatic statements to date about his desire to leave Anfield.
In an extensive interview with Sid Lowe of The Guardian, Suarez expressed unmitigated interest in leaving Liverpool behind, claiming that he feels the club is going back on their word to grant him a transfer based on the current circumstances.
Suarez didn't mince words. He believes Liverpool are breaking their promise:
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...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.
As reported by John Cross and David Maddock of the Mirror, Suarez believes Arsenal triggered a release clause in his contract with their bid of £40,000,001.
According to the Uruguayan striker, he was promised both verbally and in his new contract that he would be allowed to transfer without Liverpool resistance if the Reds didn't reach Champions League play and a bid over £40 million was submitted.
I don't feel betrayed [by Liverpool] but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League...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.
Suarez, who had 23 goals in 33 English Premier League matches last season, will not be available for the first six games of the upcoming season. He was given a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, and will serve the remainder of that sentence at the start of the upcoming EPL season.
The Gunners have pushed hard to convince the Reds to part ways with Suarez, posting the cheeky bid of £40 million and one pound to try to force Liverpool to grant a transfer.
"I'm 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League," said Suarez to Lowe. "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."
Liverpool demanded an official transfer request from Suarez earlier this summer. Based on his latest comments, it appears they are going to get one.