Transfer news: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez plays down talk of switch to Real Madrid

The Uruguay international pushed for a move over the summer

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When Luis Suarez speaks to media outlets in his native Uruguay, transfer stories tend to follow. Yet when granted the latest opportunity to stoke speculation ahead of the January transfer window, the Liverpool striker didn't take it.

Suarez agitated for a move during the summer, with Arsenal coming closest to clinching his services with a £40m bid before Liverpool blocked any transfer for the forward.

Since returning from a 10-match suspension, Suarez has shown no ill-effects of the off-field talk, immediately hitting the goal trail with his six goals in five Premier League appearances helping Liverpool to third place in the table.

However, the 26-year-old continues to be linked with a move away, with Real Madrid the leading club linked with the former Ajax player.

Yet speaking to Uruguayan radio station Sport 890, Suarez played down any talk and expressed his happiness at Anfield.

"I know nothing of any interest from Real Madrid, and I am happy with Liverpool," he said.

"In the team we are all really excited, and looking forward to a good season. We have been at the top so far and we are still aiming at the top."

Suarez also used the interview to express his gratitude to team-mates and fans for their support during his ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

"When I was separated, the players told me they didn’t like that and wanted me to be with the group," he said. "Today I feel very supported by my team-mates, and I appreciate their support."

"The support of the fans was also very important. I feel part of things at Liverpool. It is my home. I am comfortable and happy here - I work hard for Liverpool and I will always be thankful to the club, and to my team-mates."