Football: Suarez 'won't join another English club': Gerrard
LONDON, England (AFP) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard dealt a blow to Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez on Tuesday by declaring that his unsettled team-mate will not be allowed to join another English club.
Arsenal have had two bids for the Uruguayan rejected and Suarez has been made to train on his own by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after accusing the club of breaking promises by refusing to let him leave.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of England's friendly against Scotland on Wednesday, Gerrard said he would hate to see the 26-year-old striker depart.
"I think it's very important (that Suarez stays). He's one of the best players in the world and I can certainly understand why clubs are are showing an interest in him," Gerrard said. "If I can use my influence to try and make him stay, of course I'll try and do that, because I love playing with him and I don't want him to go. For Liverpool to be successful moving forward, we have to try and keep our best players."