Liverpool winger Suso only wants to stay with the Premier League club if he's going to receive regular playing time moving forward. He also confirmed negotiations between the Reds and Porto, should the decision by made to let him go.
Freelance reporter Jan Hagen passed along comments from the 20-year-old rising star, who noted that his future is very much up in the air right now:
Suso: "My priority is to stay here[at Liverpool], but Porto is an excellent option if I leave Liverpool. I know there's negotiations."— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 10, 2014
Suso said he wouldn't be interested in re-signing with Liverpool unless he'd be locked into a bigger role with the club. He's also smart enough to understand the Reds won't want to lose him for nothing next year, which could lead to a transfer this summer:
Suso: "I think Liverpool thinks the same. They won't let me leave on a free in a year if I don't renew. Let see what happens."— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 10, 2014
The Spanish youth international spent last season on loan with La Liga side Almeria. He scored three goals and added seven assists in 33 league matches (26 as a starter).
It was a good stint in terms of continuing his development.
His play also puts Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in a tough spot.
On one hand, he's dealing with a young player who's flashed plenty of potential in his young career. If he continues on his current track, he should develop into a key piece for a club in one of Europe's top leagues over the next five years.
What should Liverpool do with Suso?
On the other hand, he's still a bit raw in terms of his overall ability. Trying to guarantee him playing time on a squad that already feature plenty of depth with more summer transfer work to do is difficult.
Winning matches takes priority over trying to give everybody the time they want.
Rodgers also doesn't want to make a promise to Suso that he won't be able to keep. That will only negatively impact his ability to attract young talent in future windows.
So, reaching a deal with Porto may in the best interest of all sides. Of course, it all comes down to price. If Liverpool are unable to get a reasonable offer for him, they might be better off waiting until January when a club looking toward the future may make a better proposal.
Suso's future is bright, but it may take a move away from Anfield for him to reach his full potential.