Former Reds chief weighs in on Suarez case.
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Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has said that Luis Suarez’s agent must be the one to blame should there not be such a clause installed in the player’s contract that allows him to leave, Sky Sports reports.
Suarez has seen sudden fall from grace with everyone connected to the Anfield club recently after claiming that manager Brendan Rodgers had broken promises to him concerning the club’s failure to reach the Champions League this season.
Rodgers has denied the Uruguayan’s claims and has banished him to train alone, whilst club owner John W Henry has stated that he will not be sold at any price.
And the club’s former MD, Purslow, has insisted that all the confusion must lie solely at the feet of the 26-year-old’s agent.
“What’s unusual about this case is there seems to be some significant confusion between the player and the club as to whether he did or didn’t have such an escape clause,” he said.
“Yesterday it became clear that he did not have a clause, so I suspect he’s pretty unhappy with his agent who got that wrong a year ago.
“I also suspect Arsenal are unhappy because they’re a club who do their business extremely properly and professionally and they will have been made aware by intermediaries acting for the player that he thought such a clause existed.
“They will have done the right thing which is make a written offer to Liverpool.
“They may have spent a lot of time thinking that if they were to make an offer at that level they would be securing a player. This is not something one does on a whim.
“I suspect Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been planning Luis Suarez as their main signing for some time and to discover that such a clause is not valid and doesn’t work runs the risk of seriously wasting Arsenal’s time as well.”