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Suarez targets 'change of environment'

May 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

Luis Suarez insists he is ready for a "change of environment" as doubts over his future at Liverpool remain.

Luis Suarez has been exceptional for Liverpool this season
PA PhotosSuarez has been linked with a move to Real Madrid 

Suarez, 26, has attracted interest from Real Madrid, with the striker claiming on Wednesday that he is ready to quit English football due to the criticism he has faced from sections of the media.

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Although the Uruguay international has oft reassured Liverpool of his commitment to the club, Suarez admits this summer would be the best time for him to move overseas.

"I do not know when I'm going and I do not know if I'm staying," Suarez said at a press conference ahead of Uruguay's friendly against France. "Obviously the club want me to stay, but I've talked to the coach (Brendan Rodgers) and he knows what I want.

"He was a player and my team-mates understand that my situation is difficult. It's a good moment for a change of environment because of all I've been through in England, where I haven't been judged as a player but based on other things.

"I have only words of thanks to the club, the fans of Liverpool, but the treatment I received from the rest of England in recent weeks has been tough. It (Liverpool) is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me."

In an interview with Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 on Wednesday, Suarez suggested a move to Real Madrid could help save his public image, although there have been no talks with the Spanish giants.

"My family, my image - that's what matters to me most," he said. "The coach and some colleagues know that I suffered, I was treated badly and I did not feel comfortable and they know perfectly.

"It's nothing against Liverpool, on the contrary, I feel very comfortable at the club, but I have a daughter and I do not want to hear bad things about her father. In England they talk about many things and in some ways I feel uncomfortable.

"If I stay it is because it is a great club but also in turn I know that it is difficult because of the harassment I get from the press."

Suarez added: "England and Spain are the best leagues in the world. It is normal that it is impossible to say no to big teams for which one always dreams. Yet I have nothing, I have not spoken with Real Madrid nor with Liverpool.

"My agent has not told me anything either and that leaves me alone, but they (the media) are speculating. Every time you do something is becomes big. I just said I'm very happy at Liverpool and I'll be forever grateful to this great city and this club made me grow so much, where I still have a contract."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.