Suarez Battles with Liverpool over Release Clause in Contract

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has found himself, once again, at the forefront of another controversy.  This time, he takes his battle off the pitch.  Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has told Suarez he will train with the second team due to his “total disrespect of the club.”

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez. Photo courtesy of mirror.co.uk

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez. Photo courtesy of mirror.co.uk

Suarez spoke to The Guardian on Tuesday, August  6th, pleading with Liverpool to transfer him away from the club.  He noted

Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go. I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.

Suarez later acknowledged a clause in his contract which would allow the club to release him for £40 million ($62 million).  While he explained he would not want to take legal action against Liverpool, he did mention he would “take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case.”

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) followed up Thursday morning stating there is no clause in Suarez’s contract which allows the club to release him for the £40 million.  Gordon Taylor of the PFA explained,

If you are going to have a supposed buyout clause, it should be that but it is different as it says, ‘If there is no qualification for the Champions League and if there is a minimum offer of £40m, then the parties will get around the table to discuss things.’ But it does not say the club has to sell. It quite clearly states £40m is a minimum offer for discussions but it becomes really difficult with such clauses.

If Liverpool were to sell Suarez, Rodgers believes the value is closer to £50 million.  Arsenal FC appear to show interest in signing Suarez if the issue between Suarez and Liverpool remains unresolved.  Liverpool open up the 2014 BPL season against Stoke City on August 17th, however,  Suarez still must serve six more games of a ten game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic when Liverpool faced Chelsea in the 2012-13 season.

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