Liverpool striker Luis Suarez remains a significant transfer target for Real Madrid, and the Spanish club will have been buoyed by his comments about England after putting the Three Lions to the sword last night.
The Uruguayan scored a brace against five of his Reds colleagues in the English starting XI, and his words after the game suggest he still bears a significant grudge against his country of residence after two years dogged by controversy.
Suarez was banned for eight games for racist comments towards Manchester United left back Patrice Evra, and a further ten games for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic – the second time he has sunk his teeth into a fellow professional in his career – and although last season his massive goal tally signalled a renewed focus simply on playing football, he still appears to bear a grudge.
“Before the game, too many people in England laughed about my attitude over the last few years,” Suarez told the BBC.
“This is a very good time for me. I want to see what they think now.”
Real Madrid have long been linked with the signing of Suarez, and while the 27 year-old signed a new deal with Liverpool in the middle of last season, he would be unlikely to be able to turn down advances from the Spanish giants.
A Suarez transfer to Real Madrid could call into question Karim Benzema’s position at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.