Rodgers in 'reluctant farewell' to Suárez

Published Friday, 11 July 2014
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Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is reluctantly letting go of controversial Liverpool star Luis Suárez, after a multi-million transfer fee was agreed with Barcelona.

Rodgers in 'reluctant farewell' to Suárez
Luis Suárez is leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. (© Getty)

Suárez himself said that it was "with a heavy heart" that he was leaving the Merseyside club.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision," he said.

"This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right."

If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual.

Brendan Rodgers

Suárez is currently banned from all football activity for four months, having been sanctioned by FIFA for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup campaign.

But he has been cleared to make the move to Barcelona, with the fee marking a club record for Liverpool.

A statement from Barcelona confirmed that Suárez would be travelling to the Spanish city next week "for a medical, to sign his five-year contract, and to be officially presented to the media and fans as a FC Barcelona player."

Hailing him as a "special talent", Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thanked Suárez for his services to the club during the past two years.

"I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team, and has benefited from being here - as we have benefited from him," he said.

"It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges.

"We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends."

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8 Comments
Andy Conn in East Belfast wrote (44 days ago):
Cantonas kung fu attack was far worse.A 1 off bite is bad enough, but 3 times proves the man needs treatment. no excuses for that.
Iain in Belfast wrote (46 days ago):
And with suarez gone, there goes loserpool's best chance at finishing runner up....again.
Dan in Belfast wrote (46 days ago):
Best play to grace the PL was Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool fans are a joke when it comes to Suarez, he dragged the club's name through the mud and yet still defended him.
Patjohn in Dungannon wrote (47 days ago):
Dan in belfast uv just seen the best player ever yes ever to play in the PL to leave it..
sour grapes utd fan? in ards wrote (48 days ago):
dan in Belfast, he is one of the best footballers in the world and the guy needs help with his biting of other players, the premiership is now worse off without him, I bet that any team I/e utd or Chelsea just to name two would have signed him?even arsenal put a bid in for him.lots of players over the years have done wrong i/e cantona , do you think utd should have got rid of him?like him or hate him he was a world class player and won many games for utd.as a Liverpool fan I am sorry to see him go but I wish him well at barca and I would like to thank him for playing for Liverpool .
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