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Rodgers: Liverpool 'in control' of Suarez saga
Jun 23, 2013 8:50 AM EST
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the club will have the final say on where Luis Suarez's future lies.
Suarez has hinted at a desire to move to Real Madrid after a tumultuous season at Anfield, culminating with a 10-match ban incurred for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.
Rodgers, however, insisted the club would decide when Suarez, who is representing Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, leaves Merseyside.
"I haven't spoke to him, I've exchanged messages but for me it's quite simple - the club are in control of the situation," he told talkSPORT.
"For me there is no real change in it. He's away with the Uruguay squad at the moment and we're messaging and what not. I will always listen to players. I always work closely with players and listen to their point of view but the biggest word is with the club."
Rodgers said Suarez's fondness for Liverpool is something many members of the media choose to ignore in their stories on the striker, and added that he is keen to keep the 26-year-old.
"Sometimes interviews get put out there and highlighted, but parts of Luis' interviews have been about how much he loves Liverpool, but of course that doesn't get highlighted," he said.
"It's something that happens. I'm quite relaxed about it."
"What I know is that the support that Luis has had from the people here in Liverpool, the city and the football club has been phenomenal and I know he feels that and respects that.
"We're in a situation where we've got a player who we don't want to lose. We're trying to build something here and he's a very important part of that and because of the type of player he is he will always give his best."