While Luis Suarez may not have always made the headlines for the right reasons during his debut season at Anfield, there’s no doubt that he’s become one of Liverpool’s top performers. Bearing this in mind, Reds supporters will be delighted to hear that the player has signed a new long-term contract with the club, which will keep him on Merseyside until 2016.
Suarez signed for the Reds in a £22.8m transfer from Ajax just twelve months ago. At the time, he arrived with a reputation as one of the most promising strikers at the Europe, although he had also experienced several disciplinary issues in the Dutch leagues. As it turns out, Liverpool supporters have seen both sides of the 25-year-old, with Suarez scoring twenty one goals in his first campaign on Merseyside but also being involved in a bitter race row with Patrice Evra which saw the Uruguay international banned for eight matches.
Despite his disciplinary problems, the player has been constantly linked to other clubs with Juventus reportedly being one of his main suitors. However, following this news, the speculation is all but certainly going to come to an end. It’s understood that Suarez’s new deal will treble his wages and transform him into one of the club’s £100,000 per week stars.
It appears as though the interest from other clubs was a catalyst for the player’s new deal. Following the news, Brendan Rodgers said, “There were certainly a few clubs interested in him but he’s committed himself for the long term here now. I’m delighted. When you have the opportunity to work with world-class players it’s fantastic.”
Suarez’s new deal will certainly be refreshing news for Reds supporters, who have been concerned about the player’s future following the race row last season. There were suggestions that the striker had grown tired of his treatment following the saga, although this news appears to have ended such speculation.