Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans not to worry about the prospect of him moving to Real Madrid, saying "nothing is going to happen" in the summer.
The Reds striker, who was recently voted the PFA Player of the Year after a scintillating 30-goal haul so far this season, indicated he is settled on Merseyside and wishes to enjoy future success with the club. He spoke to Uruguayan station Canal 10, as reported by Carl Markham of the Press Association (via the Daily Mail):
"I'm very happy here and my family is happy here," said Suarez. "Don't worry nothing is going to happen to me. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home it would be incredible, a dream come true."
Suarez has reportedly remained on Madrid's radar for quite some time. Los Blancos are searching to find an out-and-out striker who offers mobility ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Speculation was intensely ripe during last summer, when Suarez pleaded to leave Anfield, as reported by BBC Sport.
Madrid are said to be weighing up a £70 million bid for the 27-year-old's services, with one club source suggesting he will be the team's main priority during preseason, per The Sun (via Chris Richards of the Mirror):
"Florentino Perez will just come and 'swoosh,'" said the source. "He will prize [sic] Suarez away. He is their No. 1 target. He ticks all the boxes and is easily the world's best player behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi."
International teammate Edinson Cavani believes transferring to the Spanish capital would be a "dream" for the Liverpool star, per James Andrew of the Daily Mail.
Brendan Rodgers has previously indicated only a world-record bid in the region of £100 million would come under consideration, such is the importance of Suarez's output to Liverpool's prospects, according to Derick Allsop of the Mirror.
Suarez's mazy dribbles and ambitious attacking play has defined the club's success this season. He remains elusive when under extreme pressure, can spot a neat pass and is lethal from all distances, as highlighted by his range of goals throughout the campaign.
It's easy to see why Madrid are interested. Suarez is one of the world's most consistently prolific scorers. Imagining Carlo Ancelotti's side with him leading the line throws up quite a prospect.
Madrid are currently second in La Liga, were recently crowned Copa del Rey winners and have a Champions League final to look forward to. While the powerful Karim Benzema has performed admirably, he often gets caught behind the pace of Ronaldo and Bale, who explosively cover ground from deep (evident during Ronaldo's first goal against Bayern Munich on Tuesday).
Suarez is unlikely to fall into this danger. His added agility would place defenders up against the most frightening trio in world football, but Madrid will need to spend big. Considering UEFA's financial fair play rules are now in effect, a purchase of this magnitude is likely to see many Madrid stars sold.
Liverpool fans will be pleased to hear Suarez reiterate his commitment. Qualifying for the Champions League is also a major boost when trying to keep the former Ajax star, who will hope to thrust Liverpool to the domestic title across their final two games of the season.
Whether he does so or not could yet dictate his whereabouts next term, although it appears Suarez has no plans to swap Anfield for the Bernabeu.
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