Posted: Thursday 15th May 2014 at 12:06 pm

‘I am staying’ – Suarez dismisses transfer speculations

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield this summer.

The 27-year-old Uruguay international  signed a new http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25463249  four-and-a-half year contract in December and denied that a clause allows him to join Real Madrid or Barcelona this summer.

“There is no clause that suggests a priority for a specific team,” he said.

“My head now is focused on the World Cup. My agent tells me what’s there. It’s more speculation than reality.”

Suarez broke down after Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace

Suarez, who joined Liverpool  from Ajax  for £22m in 2011,  wanted to leave http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23592181  the club last summer, with Arsenal making an offer of £40m plus £1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/9377256.stm  in the belief it would trigger a clause in his contract which they thought existed for any Champions League club. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23428419

Suarez stayed and had a superb season after missing the first six matches of the campaign to complete his  ban for biting http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22278258 Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Liverpool challenged for their first league title since 1990, before eventually finishing second, two points behind champions Manchester City.

Suarez scored 31 times in 33 league games and was named the  Barclays Player of the Season,  the  Professional Footballers’ Association http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27180793  Player of the Year and  Football Writers’ Association http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27389970  Player of the Year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27283858

Liverpool were top of the table just three weeks ago but lost to Chelsea before squandering a 3-0 lead in the final 11 minutes of their next match at Crystal Palace to be held to a  3-3 draw. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27184083

Suarez buried his face in his shirt after that draw at Selhurst Park and said: “I was so angry on the inside. A week before we had real hopes of winning the league and after the Palace game, we knew that it had gone.

“We had lost the chance. I felt frustration and rage at the fact that the opportunity had been lost.

“I covered my face because I was so hurt and frustrated. I preferred people not to see me.”

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