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Suarez: Liverpool promised to let me leave

“I don’t feel betrayed, but the club promised me something a year ago,” says the Uruguayan striker.

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LUIS SUAREZ HAS attempted to inject new life into his potential move away from Liverpool by claiming the club last season promised to let him leave.

In an interview with The Guardian today, the Uruguayan striker claims that the Merseyside club told him he would be sold if Brendan Rodgers’ side failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.

“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” Suarez told The Guardian.

“I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.”

The troubled striker was the subject of a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal – a figure they and Suarez had hoped would trigger a release clause. With the bid rejected, Suarez has raised the potential of seeking legal advice and a Premier League tribunal to settle the dispute.

“I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that.”

He added: “I’m 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there.”

“I have to put my career first. People say Liverpool deserve more from me but I have scored 50 goals in less than 100 games and now they could double the money they paid for me.”

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