Real Madrid have confirmed that striker Alvaro Morata could leave Los Blancos during the summer transfer window, but don't expect Luis Suarez to be the one to replace the talented youngster at the club.
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti told reporters that Morata wants to leave the club in search of more minutes, and Real agree it would be best for his development on the condition the club could negotiate a buy-back clause, as reported by Sky Sports.
"The player has decided to leave in search of more minutes and the club has agreed it," Ancelotti said. "If he gets the chance to play it will be good for him to have those opportunities for a year."
When asked about the possibility of Liverpool's Suarez being brought on as a replacement, Ancelotti chose his words carefully: "It is difficult to improve what we have in attack. Suarez is a fantastic player but it would be a lack of respect to talk about signings at this stage."
Suarez has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the last few months, with Italian newspaper Corriero dello Sport (h/t The Daily Mail's David Kent) claiming on Friday that Real would make a bid for his services:
Italian newspaper Corrierre dello Sport say that Real Madrid will bid £72million (90m euros) to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Despite no Italian clubs being linked with Suarez, the paper still decide to splash on the move because the striker will line up for Uruguay against Italy at the World Cup on June 24.
Suarez has repeatedly made it clear he is content playing at Anfield, telling Sky Sports he wouldn't have signed a new contract with the club if that wasn't the case, per Twitter user @barcastuff:
The Uruguayan was pivotal for the Reds in 2013-14, scoring 31 goals in 33 appearances for Liverpool, per WhoScored.com. One of the most lethal forwards in all of Europe's top leagues, the striker has been integral in the team's rise back to the top of the English Premier League.
Liverpool's second-place finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season earned the team a ticket for next year's UEFA Champions League—a competition that nets millions in additional funds that the Reds previously didn't have.
The club have already been active on the transfer market, looking for squad depth as they prepare for the added strain of Champions League football, but regardless of any purchases the Reds make, the team will always be built around the attacking duo of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
The Reds are on the rise, and selling their best player would be very counterproductive, sending a message of weakness to both the fans and the rest of the league.
Unless Real are willing to pay silly money (breaking the record transfer fee they paid for Gareth Bale, for instance), Liverpool won't even entertain any offers.
Suarez's continued emphasis on his happiness in England indicates the forward has no intentions of leaving the club either.
He and his family have lived in Merseyside for years, and—after a rocky start to life in England—the 2013-14 season was a rousing success for both the player and the club.
The Uruguayan isn't looking for a transfer, so he won't strong-arm the club into a move either.
He has stood by the club—who were willing to look past several on-pitch incidents in the past—and now that he has finally been rewarded with the chance to play on the big stage of the Champions League, it's hard to envision him just walking away.
Suarez might still move to Real Madrid one day, but unless his relationship with Liverpool nosedives in the next few months, don't expect it to be in 2014.
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