Real Madrid Transfer Rumour Is Futile with Luis Suarez Committed to Liverpool

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentApril 22, 2014

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool kisses his hand as he walks out during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Liverpool fans should probably brace themselves for another summer of transfer speculation surrounding Luis Suarez, despite the forward being happy and ambitious at Anfield.

Unfortunately, it's not even May and the transfer rumour merry-go-round has already started.

No sooner had Liverpool achieved the club's and Suarez's season objective in qualifying for the Champions League with Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich than Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express claimed Real Madrid have begun financing a deal for the 27-year-old.

"Reports in Italy suggest that Real remain optimistic that they can persuade Suarez to swap Merseyside for Madrid despite the Uruguayan signing a new contract at Anfield earlier this season," Jefferson wrote.

It's no rest for the wicked as Liverpool's success simply seems to thrive more on speculation about their star players.

Of course, there are not-so-hidden agendas behind reports such as Jefferson's. Any article with Suarez in the headline sells newspapers and pulls in web traffic.

Last summer saw almost minute-by-minute reporting of Suarez's availability after he tried to force a move out of Liverpool.

The inevitable Suarez transfer saga round two is simply a sales technique for the sports media, but a more content and mature Suarez will unlikely to be be irked by it this time round.


Going Places

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Suarez are now achieving their ambitions together.

It is a stark contrast to the situation last summer, in which Suarez was by far the club's standout performer. Many would have happily admitted Suarez was too good for Liverpool.

Fast forward a year and Brendan Rodgers has built a team that Suarez is delighted to play in. Adoring his teammates and adored by them, Suarez plays with an overwhelming happiness to his game.

Having formed an irresistible attack with Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Suarez and Liverpool's worlds have come together with Champions League qualification.

His now-characteristic broad smile in the presence of his teammates speaks volumes.



Suarez came out of last summer's transfer stand-off a changed man, a more mature and adult figure.

Telling Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 as early as November, as per David Maddock of the Mirror, he said:

The support of the fans was also very important. I always could walk on the street with no trouble. I was never threatened or anything like that—the people told me to stay.

I feel part of things at Liverpool. It is my home. I am comfortable and happy here - I work hard for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to the club, and to my team-mates.

The 2013/14 campaign has seen Suarez play the best football of his career—notching up 30 goals in 30 games and creating 80 goalscoring chances for his teammates, according to Squawka.

Wherever Suarez has been discussed, the superlatives haven't been far behind.

After signing a new long-term, lucrative deal with Liverpool in December, it became increasingly obvious that his connection to the club was growing stronger.

In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine last month, Suarez reaffirmed his commitment, declaring his long-term future on Merseyside was not dependent on Champions League qualification, as per David Hytner of the Guardian:

I signed my new contract because I'm very happy here and I want to stay where I'm enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn't dependent on that.

This is my best season yet. I feel in a very good place, physically and mentally. Every day, I feel better in this club. I hope to continue down this path because we want Champions League football for Liverpool and, personally speaking, I want to continue that mentality throughout the World Cup with Uruguay.

Life is perfect now for the reformed Suarez, and he will be playing Champions League football next season at one of the competition's most famous venues—Anfield, home.