“It is a difficult moment for me. My coach and colleagues know that [the media] did not treat me well,” Suarez said at a press conference ahead of his native Uruguay’s match with France on June 4.

My reason for leaving is not the money,” he added. “It’s my family and image. I don’t feel confortable here anymore.”

Liverpool, for whom he scored 30 goals last season as well as picking up a ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic to add to his notoriety for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, responded saying that the striker is not for sale.

There are two and a half months to go of the transfer window – plenty of time for deals to be struck, and for Suarez to line up his dream move to Real Madrid.

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