Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that Luis Suarez understands the clubs tough stance over his future, and is happy at Anfield.
Arsenal have already had two bids rejected for Suarez with the latest being a 40,000,001 bid, which the Gunners thought they had triggered a release clause in Suarez’s contract.
Liverpool have stood by the fact there is no release clause in Suarez’s contract and they are not forced to sell the 26-year-old, and Suarez has accepted there is no release clause in his contract and will not take the matter to the Premier League.
Liverpool believed they are owed a good amount of loyalty from Suarez after they had stood by him through his race row with Patrice Evra which saw him banned for eight games and have also stood by him after biting Branislav Ivanovic in which he received a ten game ban, where he is still serving the ban with six games remaining of his ban.
The 26-year-old is still keen to leave Anfield but has stopped short of handing in a transfer request and has not taken legal action, but Rodgers states this has not affected his attitude.
“It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
“Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view.
“He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension – he will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.
“But he’s working hard and remains part of the group. He hasn’t been moping about.
“It’s obviously difficult when you come back after a break but he has settled in and has been working well.
“He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.”
Suarez’s is one of the transfer saga’s of the summer along with Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale saga’s, with the latter making the most headlines lately. But it still does not go a day where Suarez is not in the paper over leaving Liverpool.
Rodgers is confident that the whole transfer saga has not had a destabilising effect on the rest of the squad.
“It could have unsettled them but it hasn’t,” he added.
“It says a lot about their professionalism: the environment that we’re creating is that the star will always be the team.
“We want to have top players here but if for whatever reason we don’t, we will always know we can rely on the team and each other.
“The harmony in the group is very good. The spirit is strong. Right across the club there is a one club mentality.
“If we can keep it that way we can have a great season.”