Unsettled Suarez would be ‘Tempted’ by Real Madrid

Liverpool’s divisive striker Luis Suarez is tired of bad press and beginning to return the punches, after he claims that he is being pushed out of the country by the media and the FA.

Suarez is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, however he maintains that the press continues to only highlight his negative sides.

“Ever since I arrived I have felt bad, they have never judged me for my play but with the attitude that he dives, protests, makes gestures, racism… everything. They have never spoken well of me. For that reason, when I was told I could win the Player of the Year award, I said, ‘I will not get excited as I know that I will never win an important award in England’.” (quotes via dailymail)

Suarez insists that the English press is not alone in their mistreatment of the Uruguayan. He believes the FA are also bias in their punishments. John Terry received a 4-game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a match, half of what Suarez received for a similar incident involving Patrice Evra.

“Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban, but with Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I’m South American and I think that’s the root of all of this.”

Suarez’s continued talk of being unsettled has sparked reports linking him to a number of European clubs. The striker, who scored an astounding 30 goals in 44 appearances last season, would be a promising target for many clubs if Liverpool are willing to sell. While Suarez holds that Liverpool is a club close to his heart, he feels as though his continued suffering is driving him out of the country.

“Liverpool is a club that I dreamt about playing for as a boy. I have been with great players there; they know me and I would love to continue for many more years at Liverpool. The stadium is spectacular, the fans are phenomenal: people with tattoos of me, things that I could never have imagined. After the [Evra] suspension people would come up to me, this is something that really touched me and they would say, ‘Luis forget everything and stay.’ But I can’t forget as it was something that I had to suffer, that my family had to suffer and away from football I have a family to support and who are hurt by these things.”

The English press is responsible for heavily publicizing numerous incidents involving Suarez on and off the field. His negative press began back in 2010 when his deliberate handball in the quarterfinals of the World Cup saw Ghana denied a winning goal. Since then, crude gestures, biting players, and allegations of diving and racism have seen Suarez labeled as world soccer’s “bad boy”. While many believe it is justified, Suarez believes the negative press is rubbing off on the general public, and is creating a disturbing environment for his family.

“About a week ago I was walking in a shopping center near Manchester and three or four guys asked me for a photo. While we were posing for it my wife said to me, ‘Luis, get out of the photo’. She noticed they were making biting gestures. I was with my wife and my daughter. Things like that get on your nerves. My wife was on the brink of tears and the blokes ran off laughing. You get tired of stuff like that.”

Suarez is currently in South America for the upcoming Confederations Cup that begins later this week. And while he doesn’t want to help the spread of rumors, he claims that an offer from a top-side like Real Madrid, might be too good to refuse.

“I’m not sure if I see myself in the white (of Real Madrid), the only thing I know is that I have a contract. Any player would like to play for a great team and Real Madrid certainly are that. Every player wants to reach the very top and Real Madrid are at the very top, but everything that has been said is just rumors, I have had nothing concrete. Obviously Real Madrid is a great team and every player dreams about them; Real Madrid is Real Madrid and it’s as high as you can go as a player and they will always tempt you.”

Suarez signed a long-term contract with Liverpool at the start of last season. However the striker has repeatedly hinted at his eagerness to leave England this summer. Liverpool will surely try to keep Suarez from leaving, however if a solid offer was received, and Suarez again voiced his desire to depart, there would be little the club could do.

What do you make of Suarez’s comments regarding the English press? Do you believe that they have gone too far, or are justified in their coverage of the Uruguayan? Have your say by commenting below.

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