Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool, committing his future to the club.
The Uruguayan looked highly likely to leave in the summer, but he has put pen to paper on a new deal, signalling his immediate future is at Anfield.
His previous deal was due to expire in 2016 and Suarez has accepted improved terms offered by LFC, earning around £160,000 until the end of this season and then £200,000 a week in the final four years of his contract.
The player told the club’s official website that he is “proud” to have extended his commitment: “I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term.”
The 26-year-old joined Liverpool in 2011 and has gone on to have a controversial career in English football. He is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, and is currently the Premier League’s top goal scorer after finding the net 17 times in just 11 appearances this season.
Arsenal failed with two bids for the former Ajax player during pre-season, with the striker publicly stating his desire to leave Merseyside, which caused a major breakdown with his relationship with the club.
However, all that seems to be forgotten now with the new contract coming just days after he captained Liverpool in the absence of Steven Gerrard in their 5-0 win at Tottenham.
Suarez cited the bond he has with the Liverpool fans as one of the main reasons behind his new decision to stay. He said: “I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.
“We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also told the club’s official website: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.”