Please release me, Suarez tells Liverpool

Updated: 2013-08-08 06:39

By Agence France-Presse in London (China Daily)

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Liverpool's Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, has accused the club of not honoring a clause in his contract which would let him leave Anfield in comments published in Wednesday's Guardian.

Suarez repeated his desire to join a club in the Champions League and said Liverpool had gone back on an agreement written into his contract, signed last August, which obliges it to sell to any club offering more than 40 million pounds ($60.7 million).

"Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League, the following season I'd be allowed to go," he told the paper.

"Now all I want is for Liverpool to live up to our agreement."

Arsenal is reported to have bid 40,000,001 pounds for the controversial Uruguayan in a bid to trigger the release agreement.

Liverpool maintains the clause only obliges it to negotiate with clubs offering more than 40 million pounds, but Suarez disagrees.

"I have the club's word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case, but I do not want it to come to that," he said.

"I'm 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my teammates last season to get us there."

Suarez arrived at Liverpool in January 2011 after a 22.8 million pound transfer from Ajax.

(China Daily 08/08/2013 page22)