Liverpool have told BT Sport that they have no plans to sell £50million-rated striker Luis Suarez in the January transfer window despite speculation he will leave the club and talk of interest from Real Madrid.
The Uruguay international has recently returned from a 10-match ban after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic to lead the Liverpool line alongside in-form Daniel Sturridge.
Suarez’s time at Anfield has been plagued by controversy and speculation resurfaced in the press on Sunday that the 26-year-old is ready to leave Merseyside and will push for a move when the transfer window re-opens in January, with UEFA Champions League football thought to be the striker's priority.
Arsenal unsuccessfully pursued him in the summer and could reportedly renew their interest, while La Liga giants Real are believed to be considering a January swoop for the frontman, who has three years left on his current deal.
However, the rumour that Liverpool are willing to sell has been described as “nonsense” by an Anfield insider.
BT Sport’s source said: “There could be no new contractual arrangement with Suarez once the season got underway and he was in dispute with the club, trying to push through a move.
“However, that has all changed now and the club have made it clear that Suarez has three years left on his contract - well, just under now - and to be fair to the player he has shown his commitment on the field.
“What happens next largely depends on the club and player sitting down to discuss his future in the summer when he has two years remaining on his contract, and it is traditional at that stage for clubs and players to want to re-negotiate contracts.
“We shall all see how it unfolds in the summer when those talks take place. In the meantime, the manager has stated that Suarez will be treated the same as every other player under contract."
Award winning football journalist/broadcaster/author, Harry Harris is also co founder and chief football writer with Zapsportz.com