Luis Suarez has signed a new contract at Liverpool, as he believes he can achieve all his ambitions in the game at the Merseyside club.
The Uruguayan international spent much of the summer agitating for a move away from Anfield, as he was desperate to find the UEFA Champions League football the Reds were unable to offer him. Although Real Madrid was his preferred destination, he was also keen to talk to Arsenal after they lodged a bid of £40million for his signature.
Brendan Rodgers, though, simply refused to sell his star striker, who was later forced to apologise to the club for his conduct in pushing for a move. Since his return to the first team following a 10-match suspension for biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, the 26-year-old has arguably been the best player in the Premier League.
Suarez has scored 17 goals and assisted eight more from just 11 league appearances this season, and this has played a key role in Liverpool’s great start to the season. The forward clearly feels the team are making significant progress on the pitch, as demonstrated by his decision to end speculation over his future by signing a new deal until 2018.
“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,” said Suarez after penning his new contract. “We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.
“My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible. Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt. We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”
If Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League, in what is the most competitive season for many a year, it will be interesting to see if Suarez will remain content to remain at Anfield. However, now he is under wraps for another four years, it is clear that if he does want out, the club can demand a huge fee for his signature.