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Luis Suarez Reiterates He Will Remain At Ajax Until 2013, But Hands Captain's Armband To Maarten Stekelenburg

Ajax forward Luis Suarez has revealed that he will remain at the Amsterdam ArenA until 2013 when his his contract expires.

The Uruguayan had previously confessed that he would like to play in Spain's Primera Division, while numerous clubs in the Premier League, namely Tottenham and Liverpool have have expressed their interest in the 23-year-old, who has reiterated his desire to stay put for the time being.

"I will stay at Ajax. I have been linked to many clubs, but I know nothing [about a move]," he told NUSport following his team's 4-2 defeat to Hamburg in a friendly.

"There are a lot of stories written in the Netherlands, but I have given only one interview and I never said that I wanted to leave. I have a contract with this club until 2013 and I want to be a champion with Ajax," he added.

Despite pledging his loyalty to the Godenzonen, Suarez has decided to voluntarily relinquish the captain's armband to goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

"It was my own initiative. Everybody looks at me now, but it is better for me if I'm no longer the captain," he reasoned to NUSport.

"Maarten has been at the club for a long time, and he speaks better Dutch. I have just come off a very busy year after the World Cup and the birth of my first child. I want to give everything for the team."

Suarez joined Ajax from FC Gronigen in 2007 for €7.5 million and was appointed team captain in the 2009/10 season by then-coach Martin Jol.