There's been an a lot of talk about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer, but not a lot from Suarez himself.
That all changed overnight, with the Uruguayan speaking to a host of media outlets and making it pretty clear he wants out of Liverpool.
It had been suggested through most of the summer that Suarez felt Liverpool had gone back on their word to let him leave, and that is pretty much what the forward said.
According to The Guardian's Sid Lowe, Suarez said:
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.
I spoke with (Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: 'Stay another season, and you have my word if we don't make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave.'
Suarez has been strongly linked with Arsenal, who have had bids rejected. The forward did not name the side he has the chance to move to, but he confirmed they can offer him Champions League football, which Arsenal can.
“My priority is Champions League football,” Suarez said. “This is about me doing what is right for my career at this moment in time.”
Liverpool have stood firm so far, and owner John W. Henry has reiterated his desire to keep the forward.
From a reception at the American embassy in Oslo, David Lyons of the Daily Star quotes Henry as saying: "We have no intention of selling one of the best players in the world to one of our rivals. We like to buy stuff, not sell."