• ‘I’m South American, that’s the root’ of his 10-match FA ban
• Real Madrid interest is ‘just rumours, nothing concrete’
Luis Suárez said he is being driven out of Britain by the media but has not received a concrete offer from Real Madrid.
The Liverpool striker, who is with Uruguay for a World Cup qualifier in Venezuela on Tuesday, told the television show RR Gol: “Ever since I arrived I have felt bad, they [the media] have never judged me for my play but with the attitude that he dives, protests, makes gestures, racism … everything.”
“They have never spoken well of me. For that reason, when I was told I could win the Player of the Year award, I said: ‘I will not get excited as I know that I will never win an important award in England.’”
Suárez is serving a 10-match ban for biting the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He compared his ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra with that of John Terry, who was suspended for four games after a similar incident involving Anton Ferdinand.
“Without any proof they gave me an eight-match ban but with Terry, where they had proof, lip-readers, they gave him four. I’m South American and I think that’s the root of all of this,” he said.
“Liverpool is a club that I dreamt about playing for as a boy. I have been with great players there, they know me and I would love to continue for many more years at Liverpool. The stadium is spectacular, the fans are phenomenal: people with tattoos of me, things that I could never have imagined.
“After the [Evra] suspension people would come up to me, this is something that really touched me and they would say: ‘Luis, forget everything and stay.’
“But I can’t forget as it was something that I had to suffer, that my family had to suffer, and away from football I have a family to support and who are hurt by these things.”
Suárez has suggested he would be interested in playing for Real Madrid and said: “My agent said to remain calm rather than quiet – remain calm and when there is concrete interest you’ll be the first to know.
“I’m not sure if I see myself in the white [Real kit], the only thing I know is that I have a contract.
“Any player would like to play for a great team and Real Madrid certainly are that. Every player wants to reach the very top and Real Madrid are at the very top, but everything that has been said is just rumours, I have had nothing concrete.”
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