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SUAREZ SHOULD STAY

Brazil international Lucas Leiva has said that he wants striker Luiz Suarez to stay at Liverpool amidst reports that he is set to join Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window. Suarez has emerged as one of the sought-after players in the transfer window. Real Madrid are expected to appoint Carlo Ancelotti is the next manager following the departure of José Mourinho and he has reportedly set his sights on the Uruguay star, who has faced a barrage of problems since arriving to Liverpool a few years ago.

Suarez was the £ 24 million signing from Ajax, but he could command a transfer fee in the region of £ 40 million after two impressive seasons with the club. He could have easily finished as the top scorer in the Premier league last season had it not been for the suspension he received in the final few matches. It is a suspension that would extend into the new season as well. This is the second suspension he has received since arriving in England, which have prompted the striker to speculate a possible move away from the country.

Suarez recently claimed that it would be a dream move to Real Madrid, but Lucas is hoping that he stays at Anfield because he is very important to the club.

"Luis Suarez has influenced many matches for us, and is a player, if he leaves, who would be a great loss. It's been six years and I am very happy at Liverpool. If I fulfil my contract until the end, would be 11 years at Liverpool. Here in Europe I feel more complete than when I arrived at the club. I have evolved a lot with the coaches who have passed through here. The favourites to win the Premier League title are [Manchester] City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Tottenham," said Lucas.