Cape Town - Luis Suarez has revealed that Steven Gerrard's
'words' convinced him to reject a move to Arsenal and remain at Liverpool.
Understanding a bid of £40 million would activate a release
clause in Suarez's contract, the Gunners reportedly made a cheeky offer of
£40,000,001 in an attempt to sign the forward in the summer of 2013.
Suarez stayed put but would eventually leave for Barcelona a
year later after Liverpool narrowly missed out winning the Premier League title
to Manchester City.
And now the Uruguay international has revealed that he took
on board advice from former Liverpool captain Gerrard as he made his decision
to reject the north Londoners.
"We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season
ended badly," Suarez told Otro.
"I'm about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and
Steven tells me 'I promise that if you stay this year you're going to take off
and next year you'll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you
want, but stay this year because you won't be better off at Arsenal'.
"This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that
moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.
"His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a
person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during
training and saw me sad.
"They were words from a true captain that had an impact in
that moment and helped me a lot."