Liverpool FC have officially confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan international’s future has been under immense speculations this summer with Barcelona being linked with a move. Now after days of conjectures, Liverpool have finally confirmed that a deal has been agreed up with the Catalan club for the transfer of Luis Suarez.
Suarez, who joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2010, has become a fan favourite due to his outstanding performances and consistency on the pitch over the last two seasons. The 27-year-old scored an incredible 31 goals in 33 appearances for the Merseyside club last season as he spearheaded the club towards an incredible title challenge, which eventually fell short and they finished second behind Manchester City.
Suarez was in the middle of a transfer saga last summer as well when Arsenal were interested in signing him, but Liverpool eventually managed to keep hold of their talisman last season. But they could do nothing this time around as Barcelona came snooping in after enduring a disappointing season in La Liga. The fee involved in this deal is believed to be around £75m.
Liverpool have now released a statement confirming his move to Barcelona and thanked him for his contribution in bring Champions League football back to Anfield.
“Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.
“We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.
“Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.” – Read an official statement by the club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has wished Suarez luck ahead of his new adventures in Spain, but has assured the fans that the club will move on and will be stronger with newer additions.
“Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool.
“I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him.
“The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool. It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends.
“We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season’s excellent Barclays Premier League campaign.
“I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts; domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League.
“If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual. I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve.” – Rodgers said.
Suarez thanked the fans and the club for their support endearing support during his stint at the club and has hoped that people will understand why he made this decision.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.
“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.
“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.
“I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I’m sure will be successful again next season.
“I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.
“Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You’ll Never Walk Alone.” – Suarez said.