Suarez put pen to paper on a new four-and-a-half year deal on Friday, to become the highest-paid player in the club’s history on around £180,000-a-week plus bonuses. But the schemer, 26 – who scored twice yesterday against Cardiff to take his tally to 19 in 13 league games – demanded certain guarantees from the Reds’ top brass. Chief among those was the right to negotiate an exit if either Real Madrid or Barcelona come in for him at the end of the season. Suarez spent all of last summer agitating for a transfer and has not given up on his dream of one day playing for one of Spanish football’s top clubs. It means that Liverpool could be faced with the same situation all over again next summer – with Real and Barca both weighing up a move. Madrid have already contacted his agent to express an interest in the player, while any move by Barcelona depends on whether Tata Martino stays on as manager. There is growing speculation in Spain that Martino will quit next summer and some sources claim Suarez is wanted by one of the men in line to replace him – Guus Hiddink.
Exit clause keeps options open for Liverpool star Luis Suarez
Daily Star | Dec 22