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Suarez: I want to play for Ajax again

ESPN staff
May 8, 2014
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists that he will one day play for former club Ajax again.

The 27-year-old - voted Player of the Year by both the Professional Footballers' Association and the Football Writers' Association - has stated repeatedly in recent months that he is happy at Anfield.

Suarez made it clear last summer that he wanted a move away with Arsenal keen on securing his services, but committed his future to Liverpool until 2018 by signing a new contract in December and has helped them to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"I've always said on one day I will return at Ajax. Even if the manager doesn't want me, I'll go. For sure," Suarez told Helden magazine.

Moving to Merseyside from Ajax in January 2011 for £22.8 million pounds, Suarez departed Amsterdam under a cloud of controversy.

He received a seven-match ban shortly before his exit for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ottman Bakkal on the shoulder during an Eredivisie match - he also landed a 10-match ban last April when biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic - but has only happy memories of his time in the city.

"Ajax was a very important step in my life. My wife Sofia and I are crazy about Amsterdam and the lifestyle, the respect from and for everyone," he added.

"We had a happy life and could live there in peace. We walked a lot through Amsterdam.

"Ajax was the ideal club for me and I learned a lot there. I credit Ajax for teaching me to use both feet, but also how to play without the ball and how to be a team player."

Suarez, who was named his club's Player of the Year on Tuesday, scored his 31st Premier League goal of the season in Monday night's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, a result which put a huge dent in Liverpool's title hopes.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling has claimed he studied Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in order to force his way back into Brendan Rodgers' first-team thinking at Liverpool.

Sterling has shone in the second half of the season having been out of form for most of 2013 and was rewarded with Young Player of the Year prize at Liverpool's end of season awards night.

"At the start of the season I wasn't playing much, but it's been a real learning curve for me," said Sterling.

"To be able to sit back and learn from the boys, people like Dan and Luis, has been important. To improve my game, I needed to get into the box and score some goals and there are no two better players to learn from than them.

"I really tried to learn my game and I want to thank Brendan and all the staff for helping me to get to where I am today."

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