By DAN KARELL
As is customary with being one of the top players in the Premier League, transfer rumors have swirled over the head of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez all season long.
But Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre has unequivocally stated that he was “100 percent” sure that Suarez would still be a member of the team come next season. The Uruguayan, currently on national team duty, has been subject to transfer rumors from Bayern Munich, all the way to other teams in the Champions League in England.
Ayre though has re-iterated that Suarez has a four-year contract with the club, and the Reds hope he can see it through.
Here are some other stories to get your Thursday started:
DE LA TORRE LOWERS PRESSURE ON MEXICO
Heading into a difficult atmosphere in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Mexico National Team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has given his side a boost, saying that the upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Honduras isn’t a “live or die” match.
De la Torre looks to become the first coach of El Tri since 1993 to beat Honduras on the road in a qualifying match. The team, which includes European based players Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado, and Giovani Dos Santos is confident of finding a way to win, before they face the U.S. in Mexico City next Tuesday.
Mexico comes into the match on one point, after a scoreless draw with Jamaica in February.
GERRARD RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, speaking ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Montenegro, has lamented the missed chances of England’s golden generation of soccer players to win a title.
The 32-year-old Liverpool native first debuted with the Three Lions in 2000, playing in every major tournament that England qualified for except for the 2002 World Cup. Also joining the fray around that time for England were the likes of Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, and Joe Cole, yet there is a big chance that they will all end their spectacular club careers without any international silverware.
Gerrard has now called the 2014 World Cup qualification goal a personal mission for himself, desperate to lead England to glory for the first time since 1966. The Liverpool and England captain has played every minute of his club’s 30 matches this season, scoring eight goals and chipping in nine assists.
BAYERN’S HOENESS REVEALS HOW HE SIGNED GUARDIOLA
Bayern Munich stunned the soccer world when they announced in mid-January that they had signed the world’s most-wanted man, Pep Guardiola, to become their next manager.
The German club’s President, Uli Hoeness has now revealed his successful methods for signing the Spaniard in an interview with European Sport Media. Hoeness said that the two met last December in near Central Park, New York City, and after a two hour conversation, Guardiola signed the contract right in his apartment nearby.
Hoeness also fired some shots towards Spain, saying that only one or two players from each Barcelona and Madrid would be first team players at Bayern.
Malaga star Isco is unsure of what his future holds, due to Malaga’s financial situation this season. (REPORT)
Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas has been given a four-match suspension for a headbutt on Carlos Marchena during a match last Friday. (REPORT)
Italy and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has left the Italian National Team ahead of their match against Brazil in Geneva due to an ankle injury. (REPORT)
UEFA President Michel Platini has hit back at FIFA President Sepp Blatter after the latter’s remarks on the Euro 2020 plan. (REPORT)
Chelsea have confirmed that their second-leg match against Rubin Kazan will take place in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, instead of in Kazan. (REPORT)
Brazilian club Vasco De Gama are ready to sell centerback Dede, with Juventus, Manchester United, and others reportedly in tow. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? See Suarez staying at Liverpool? Do you believe Gerrard can help England win in Brazil? Should de la Torre be more worried about a potentially poor Honduras result?
Share your thoughts below.