Liverpool statement: Suarez is not for sale

The 26-year-old has publicly announced his desire to leave the Premier League but his wishes have been rejected by the club who insist the Uruguayan will remain at Anfield
Liverpool have insisted want-away striker Luis Suarez is not for sale after the player announced his desire to leave Anfield this summer.

Suarez confirmed his wish to leave the club on Thursday, stating the effect of the English press on his public image and family life as the main reasons for wanting a transfer.

But the Uruguay international's hopes of leaving England have been dashed by Liverpool, who have reiterated their stance that the player is not for sale.

"Luis Suarez is not for sale - neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool football club," a Liverpool spokesman told Goal.

"The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. We will not be making any further comment at this stage."

Suarez was named as Liverpool Fans' Player of the Year by supporters after leading the goalscoring charts with 30 goals in all competitions, but is eager to leave to the Merseyside club - though admits Liverpool have yet to receive any bids for his services.

"I don’t have any offers yet," Suarez told reporters on Thursday. "I don’t know when I will leave or even if I will finally leave or I will stay. The club knows what I think and what I want.

"I don’t know what will happen but I have a contract. If I stay, I will do my best here. But I don’t think that will happen because of all the bullying from the press against me."