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Ayre: Suarez is not for sale

ESPN staff
April 16, 2013
Luis Suarez has scored 22 goals in the Premier League this season © Getty Images

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has warned any club looking to sign Luis Suarez will not get any success as the Uruguayan is not for sale.

Suarez has been constantly linked with a move away from Anfield, but despite the striker having a long-term contract in place, the 26-year-old could depart Liverpool this summer if he wants to join clubs playing in next season's Champions League - with the Reds set to miss out on qualifying for the competition.

However, Ayre insists the Merseyside outfit will not be forced to sell their star man, and are not even contemplating letting the Premier League's top scorer leave.

"To play at the highest level in the Premier League and European soccer, you need players like Luis and Steven Gerrard on your team," Ayre told Sports Illustrated.

"So the last thing in our mind is selling Luis Suarez. He's not for sale. It's not something we're interested in. I remember when they [Fenway Sports Group] bought the team, John [Henry] made a comment in the media: We don't want to just build a team to win but to keep winning. To do that you have to have a number of world-class players on your team."

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